Democracy and Expertise: Reorienting Policy Inquiry

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This book examines the role of policy expertise in a democratic society. From the perspectives of both political theory and policy studies, the chapters explore the implications of deliberative democratic governance for professional expertise and extends them to specific policy practices. Following the lead of John Dewey, the discussion focuses in particular on the ways professional practices might be reoriented to assist citizens in understanding and discussing the complex policy issues of an advanced technological society. In doing so, it also explores how public deliberation can be improved through more collaborative forms of policy inquiry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199565245
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Fischer teaches Political Science at Rutgers University and is a member of the University's E. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He also teaches environmental policy and policy analysis at the Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers and is a senior faculty research fellow in the program in global political economy University of Kassel in Germany.

His research interests center around American politics and public policy (domestic and foreign policy), environmental politics and policy (US and global), policy analysis, public administration and planning, theory, and methods of the social sciences, comparative public policy, science and technology policy, democratic political theory, and the theory of the state.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Policy expertise and Citizen Participation in the Public Realm

1 Between Technical Knowledge and Public Responsibility: Professional Expertise in Critical Perspective 17

2 Citizen Participation and Deliberative Governance: The Problems of Knowledge and Complexity 48

3 Citizens and Experts in Deliberative Democracy: From Theory to Experimentation 77

Pt. II Situating the Technical in the Social: Implications for Policy Deliberation

4 Deliberative-Analytic Policy Inquiry: Postempiricist Practices 107

5 Technical Knowledge in Public Deliberation: Toward a Constructivist Theory of Contributory Expertise 137

6 Public Policy as Social Construct: Multiple Meanings in Sustainable Development 168

Pt. III Policy Epistemics for Deliberative Empowerment: Storylines, Learning, and Passionate Reason

7 Policy Advice as Storyline: Narrative Knowledge and Expert Practices 191

8 Transformative Learning Through Deliberation: Social Assumptions and the Tacit Dimension (Co-authored by Alan Mandell) 214

9 Deliberative Empowerment: The Cultural Politics of Discursive Space 245

10 Passionate Participants: Rethinking Emotion in Public Deliberation 272

References 301

Index 329

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