Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement

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The banner of deliberative democracy is attracting increasing numbers of supporters, in both the world's older and newer democracies. This effort to renew democratic politics is widely seen as a reaction to the dominance of liberal constitutionalism. But many questions surround this new project. What does deliberative democracy stand for? What difference would deliberative practices make in the real world of political conflict and public policy design? What is the relationship between deliberative politics and ...

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The banner of deliberative democracy is attracting increasing numbers of supporters, in both the world's older and newer democracies. This effort to renew democratic politics is widely seen as a reaction to the dominance of liberal constitutionalism. But many questions surround this new project. What does deliberative democracy stand for? What difference would deliberative practices make in the real world of political conflict and public policy design? What is the relationship between deliberative politics and liberal constitutional arrangements?

The 1996 publication of Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompsons Democracy and Disagreement was a signal contribution to the ongoing debate over the role of moral deliberation in democratic politics. In Deliberative Politics an all-star cast of political, legal, and moral commentators seek to criticize, extend, or provide alternatives to Gutmann and Thompson's hopeful model of democratic deliberation. The essays discuss the value and limits of moral deliberation in politics, and take up practical policy issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and health care reform. Among the impressive roster of contributors are Norman Daniels, Stanley Fish, William A. Galston, Jane Mansbridge, Cass R. Sunstein, Michael Walzer, and Iris Marion Young, and the editor of the volume, Stephen Macedo. The book concludes with a thoughtful response from Gutmann and Thompson to their esteemed critics.

This fine collection is essential reading for anyone who takes seriously the call for a more deliberative politics.

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Stephen Macedo is Michael O. Sawyer Professor of Constitutional Law and Politics, Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 3
Pt. I Challenging the Value of Deliberative Democracy
1 Talking as a Decision Procedure 17
2 Enough of Deliberation: Politics Is about Interests and Power 28
3 Diversity, Toleration, and Deliberative Democracy: Religious Minorities and Public Schooling 39
4 Three Limitations of Deliberative Democracy: Identity Politics, Bad Faith, and Indeterminacy 49
5 Deliberation, and What Else? 58
6 Democratic Deliberation: The Problem of Implementation 70
7 Mutual Respect as a Device of Exclusion 88
8 Deliberation: Method, Not Theory 103
Pt. II Expanding the Limits of Deliberative Democracy
9 Agreement without Theory 123
10 Justice, Inclusion, and Deliberative Democracy 151
11 Constitutionalism and Deliberative Democracy 159
12 Internal Disagreements: Deliberation and Abortion 170
13 Law, Democracy, and Moral Disagreement: Reciprocity, Slavery, and Abortion 184
14 Enabling Democratic Deliberation: How Managed Care Organizations Ought to Make Decisions about Coverage for New Technologies 198
15 Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System 211
Pt. III Reply to the Critics
Democratic Disagreement 243
Index 281
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