Why Deliberative Democracy? / Edition 1 by Amy Gutmann, Dennis Thompson | | 9780691120195 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Why Deliberative Democracy? / Edition 1

Why Deliberative Democracy? / Edition 1

by Amy Gutmann, Dennis Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691120196

ISBN-13: 9780691120195

Pub. Date: 07/19/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The most widely debated conception of democracy in recent years is deliberative democracy—the idea that citizens or their representatives owe each other mutually acceptable reasons for the laws they enact. Two prominent voices in the ongoing discussion are Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson. In Why Deliberative Democracy?, they move the debate forward

Overview

The most widely debated conception of democracy in recent years is deliberative democracy—the idea that citizens or their representatives owe each other mutually acceptable reasons for the laws they enact. Two prominent voices in the ongoing discussion are Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson. In Why Deliberative Democracy?, they move the debate forward beyond their influential book, Democracy and Disagreement.

What exactly is deliberative democracy? Why is it more defensible than its rivals? By offering clear answers to these timely questions, Gutmann and Thompson illuminate the theory and practice of justifying public policies in contemporary democracies. They not only develop their theory of deliberative democracy in new directions but also apply it to new practical problems. They discuss bioethics, health care, truth commissions, educational policy, and decisions to declare war. In "What Deliberative Democracy Means," which opens this collection of essays, they provide the most accessible exposition of deliberative democracy to date. They show how deliberative democracy should play an important role even in the debates about military intervention abroad.

Why Deliberative Democracy? contributes to our understanding of how democratic citizens and their representatives can make justifiable decisions for their society in the face of the fundamental disagreements that are inevitable in diverse societies. Gutmann and Thompson provide a balanced and fair-minded approach that will benefit anyone intent on giving reason and reciprocity a more prominent place in politics than power and special interests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120195
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
717,941
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Chapter 1What Deliberative Democracy Means1
What Is Deliberative Democracy?3
How Democratic Is Deliberation?8
What Purposes Does Deliberative Democracy Serve?10
Why Is Deliberative Democracy Better Than Aggregative Democracy?13
What Kind of Deliberative Democracy?21
How Far Should Deliberative Democracy Reach?29
How Can Deliberative Democrats Respond to Theoretical Objections?40
How Can Deliberative Democrats Respond to Practical Objections?48
Whither Deliberative Democracy?56
Chapter 2Moral Conflict and Political Consensus64
Principles of Preclusion66
Principles of Accommodation79
A Public Philosophy90
Chapter 3Deliberative Democracy beyond Process95
Why Reciprocity Requires Deliberation98
Why Reciprocity Requires Substantive Principles102
Why the Principles Should Be Morally Provisional110
Why the Principles Should Be Politically Provisional116
When Moral and Political Judgments Conflict119
Chapter 4Why Deliberative Democracy Is Different125
Democratic Responses to Disagreement127
Principles of Deliberative Democracy133
Chapter 5Just Deliberation about Health Care139
Accessible Reasons144
Moral Reasons147
Respectful Reasons151
Revisable Reasons156
Chapter 6The Moral Foundations of Truth Commissions160
The Moral Burden163
The Realist Response166
The Compassionate Response170
The Historicist Response175
Democratic Reciprocity178
The Economy of Moral Disagreement181
Notes189
Acknowledgments207
Previous Works Jointly Authored by Amy Gutmann & Dennis Thompson209
Index211

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