Academic journal article Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

Academic journal article Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

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The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

"The Deliberative Democracy Handbook is a terrific resource for democratic practitioners and theorists alike. It combines rich case material from many cities and types of institutional settings with careful reflection on core principles. It generates hope for a renewed democracy, tempered with critical scholarship and political realism. Most important, this handbook opens a spacious window on the innovativeness of citizens in the US (and around the world) and shows how the varied practices of deliberative democracy are part of a larger civic renewal movement"

--Carmen Sirianni, professor of sociology and public policy, Brandeis University, and coauthor, Civic Innovation in America

"The Deliberative Democracy Handbook, edited by John Gastil and Peter Levine, is an important collection of readings for anyone interested in the role of citizen participation in the public policy process. It provides concrete examples of successful efforts to expand public input in decision-making at the local, state, and national levels. The book also grapples with emerging challenges to the continued development of these efforts in the future. …

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