Reflective Democracy

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OUP Oxford, 13 лют. 2003 р. - 292 стор.
Democracy used to be seen as a relatively mechanical matter of merely adding up everyone's votes in freeand fair elections. That mechanistic model has many virtues, among them allowing democracy to 'track thetruth', where purely factual issues are all that is at stake. Political disputes invariably mix facts withvalues, however, and then it is essential to listen to what people are saying rather than merely note howthey are voting. The great challenge is how to implement that deliberative ideal among millions of people at once. In this strikingly original book, Goodin offers a solution: 'democratic deliberation within'. Building on models of ordinary conversational dynamics, he suggests that people simply imagine themselves in the position of variousother people they have heard or read about and ask, 'What would they say about this proposal?' Informingthe democratic imaginary then becomes the key to making deliberations more reflective - more empathetic, more considered, more expansive across time and distance.

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I've enjoyed many of Robert Goodin's books in political theory, but the arguments in this one don't compare favorably to his previous work. The chapters have been put together from research papers. As ... Читати огляд повністю

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Robert E. Goodin is in the Department of Philosophy, Australian National University.

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