The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy / Edition 1

The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy / Edition 1

by James S. Fishkin
     
 

In this thoughtful and highly readable critique of contemporary politics and government in the United States, James Fishkin evaluates modern democratic practices, explains how the voice of the people has struggled to make itself heard in the past, and joins this with a review of ideas and experiments-including Fishkin's idea for a National Issues Convention that… See more details below

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In this thoughtful and highly readable critique of contemporary politics and government in the United States, James Fishkin evaluates modern democratic practices, explains how the voice of the people has struggled to make itself heard in the past, and joins this with a review of ideas and experiments-including Fishkin's idea for a National Issues Convention that was adapted by PBS in January 1996-to legitimately rediscover the people's voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300072556
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Magic Town1
Who Speaks for Me?7
Out of the Cave?13
New Beginnings17
A Voice from Rhode Island26
What Should Representatives Do?30
The Most Natural and Simple Idea33
Counting People Equally35
Deliberation: Thinking Through the Issues Together40
Participation44
Avoiding Tyranny: The Energy That Reforges Democracy49
Small-Scale Democracy54
The Founders' Vision57
The Anti-Federalist Dissent60
"Like a Burglar": Informal Processes of Reform64
Bryce's Prophecy: Government by Public Opinion71
Gallup's Answer76
Opinions and Pseudo-Opinions in the Echo Chamber80
A Rational Public?84
The American Process: A Machine That Transforms Itself90
Whose Declaration of Independence?97
All Men? From Douglass to Lincoln versus Douglas101
From Paper Rights to Voting Rights110
The Quest for Voting Equality113
The Declaration of Sentiments122
Whose America? How Do We Come to Support It?126
America's Town Meeting of the Air134
Toward Civic Engagement141
Airing the People's Agenda154
The Deliberative Poll: Bringing Deliberation to Democracy161
Appendix: The First Deliberative Poll: Summary of Results177
Notes183
Index197

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