Political Communication and Deliberation / Edition 1
  • Political Communication and Deliberation / Edition 1
  • Political Communication and Deliberation / Edition 1

Political Communication and Deliberation / Edition 1

by John W. Gastil
     
 


"Professor Gastil has been a leading voice in the deliberative democracy movement for the last 15 years, and with this book he has created a wonderful resource that adeptly captures the broad, valuable work being done both inside and outside academia concerning public deliberation and political communication. I hope this book will help spark a whole newSee more details below

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"Professor Gastil has been a leading voice in the deliberative democracy movement for the last 15 years, and with this book he has created a wonderful resource that adeptly captures the broad, valuable work being done both inside and outside academia concerning public deliberation and political communication. I hope this book will help spark a whole new generation of courses focused on this critical topic." —Martín Carcasson, Colorado State University

The act of deliberation is the act of reflecting carefully on a matter and weighing the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to a problem. It aims to arrive at a decision or judgment based not only on facts and data but also on values, emotions, and other less technical considerations. Though a solitary individual can deliberate, it more commonly means making decisions together, as a small group, an organization, or a nation. Political Communication and Deliberation takes a unique approach to the field of political communication by viewing key concepts and research through the lens of deliberative democratic theory. This is the first text to argue that communication is central to democratic self-governance primarily because of its potential to facilitate public deliberation. Thus, it offers political communication instructors a new perspective on familiar topics, and it provides those teaching courses on political deliberation with their first central textbook. This text offers students practical theory and experience, teaching them skills and giving them a more direct understanding of the various subtopics in public communication.

Companion Web site!
A dedicated Web site at www.ideliberate.org inventories everything that might be useful for instructors using Political Communication and Deliberation in their courses. Syllabi suggestions show how to use the book when teaching on a semester - or a quarter-long course, as well as a set of classroom exercises and larger projects that have been used in previous courses. Also, a wiki and forum let instructors exchange teaching ideas, links, and new content to supplement each chapter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412916288
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/29/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
875,295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

1. Democracy and Deliberation
Three Criteria for the Democratic Process
How Deliberation Makes Democracy Work
2. Conversation and Discussion
Historical Notes on Political Chatter
Imagining a Deliberative Conversation
Informal Conversation
Moving from Conversation to Discussion
Dialogue and Deliberation
3. Mediated Deliberation and Public Opinion
Expressing Ourselves Through the Ages
What Is Mediated Deliberation?
Do We Have a Deliberative Media System
Broadcasting (and Shaping) the Public’s Voice
Visions of a More Deliberative Media
4. Deliberative Elections
The Golden Days of Elections
A Deliberative Electoral Process and the Deliberative Voter
The Modern Electoral System
The Deliberative Voter
Deliberative Electoral Reforms
5. How Government Deliberates
A Foundational Moment in Deliberative History
What Would a Deliberative Legislature Look Like?
Legislative Deliberation
Deliberation and the Executive Branch
Judicial Deliberation
6. Deliberation in the Jury Room
Legitimacy and the Origins of the Jury System
Defining High-Quality Jury Deliberation
Jury Deliberation and Decisions
Connecting Jury Service and Civic Life
Making Juries More Deliberative
7. Citizens and Officials in Public Meetings
Archetypal Public Meetings
Convening a Deliberative Public Meeting
The Default Process: A Public Hearing
Deliberative Meetings with Elected Officials
Citizen-Centered Public Meetings
8. Deliberative Communities and Societies
Old-School Deliberation in Historic Social Movements
Visiting a Deliberative Community
Societal Analysis
Institutional Infrastructure
Actively Creating Deliberative Society
9. International Deliberation
From the League of Nations to the European Union
Conceptualizing International Deliberation
Is a Global Constitution Possible?
A Global Public Sphere and Discursive Designs
10. Toward a Deliberative Democracy
Putting the Pieces Together
Taking Action
References
Index
About the Author

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