Democracy and Deliberation
New Directions for Democratic Reform New edition
By (author) James S. Fishkin
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Democracy and Deliberation by James S. Fishkin
Book DescriptionThis book proposes a new kind of democracy for the modern era, one that not only gives citizens more power but also allows them more opportunities to exercise this power thoughtfully. James S. Fishkin here suggests an innovative solution to the problem of inadequate deliberation, in particular within our presidential nomination system. His reform involves a well-publicized national caucus in which a representative sample of American citizens would interact directly with presidential contenders in order to reflect and vote on the issues and candidates. In adapting democracy to the large scale nation state, says Fishkin, Americans have previously had two choices. They could participate directly through primaries and referenda or they could depend on elite groups-such as party conventions and legislatures-to represent them. The first choice offers political equality but little chance for deliberation; the second offers the participants an opportunity to deliberate but provides less political equality for the electorate. The national caucus that Fishkin proposes-an example of what he calls a "deliberative opinion poll"-combines deliberation with political equality and reveals what the public would think if it had better conditions and information with which to explore and define the issues with the candidates. Arguing persuasively for the usefulness of deliberative opinion polls, Fishkin places them within the history of democratic theory and practice, exploring models of democracy ranging form ancient Athens and the debates of the American founders to contemporary transitions toward democracy in Eastern Europe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300051636
(229mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 2-Aug-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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When the People Speak, Paperback (August 2011)
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Population and Political Theory, Hardback (February 2010)
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Deliberation Day, Paperback (August 2005)» View all books by James S. Fishkin
Two leading political thinkers offer an audacious proposal to energise the electoral process - a new national holiday in America to be held each presidential election year, during which people engage in structured debates about issues and candidates.
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