Deliberative Democracy in Practice

This anthology, titled Deliberative Democracy in Practice tackles the ideal of a political decision process based on dialogue, and the likelihood of its realization in our non-ideal society. The articles contained within the anthology are split up into four distinct categories: citizen participation and public consultation, indigenous-settler relations, education, and constitutions and state boundaries.   The work is structured around the premise of trying to analyze the monstrously large and complex arena that is modern democracy in an effort to create important insights into democratic justice. As a result, this anthology not only addresses an interesting topic, but has implications that reach outside the study of democracy.

The topic of democracy and justice is, without a doubt, of interest to modern American society because it is an issue that the United States has struggled with in the past. The past century alone has numerous incidences of extreme social injustice resulting in widespread political movements. These movements were caused by the injustices present in a system that, while claiming to be “for the people”, often displayed a form of democracy that limited power to one social, racial, or gender group. Meaning that, because it addresses the strengths and weaknesses of democracy, this anthology provides a discussion of a topic necessary for society to understand. In addition, the lessons of this anthology have implications outside the world of democratic theory.

Democratic theories and discussions impact not only their field of study, but many other social sciences as well. organizational theory is one of the numerous other social sciences impacted by the discussions of this anthology. because, according to an open systems perspective, organizations are not isolated, but are a part of an interconnected series of sub and superior-systems, the study of the democratic system impacts the study of the organizational system. Organizations function within the bounds of the governments they are incorporated under, and must evolve to understand the system and its rules. Consequently, through the discussion of democracy in practice organizational study is impacted as a result of the understandings that can be gained about the systems in which organizations function. ultimately, I suggest you pick the book up some time, you might learn something.


5 Responses

  1. Tags! Tags Derek! Always tag! Go back and check your others are tagged. It helps build traffic! Anthology! Nice.

  2. The post needs some editing for capitalizing first letters.

  3. You bring an intense seriousness to this post.

    A key idea that you allude to is that the past efforts of some in the US to seek justice may have muddled or impeded democracy as a “universal” process. In other words, identity or group-based issues live uneasily with the premise of a democracy of individuals. I would have liked to hear more of your own thoughts on the topic or how the book addresses this. You walk us up to the edge of this in second paragraph but then retreat before I know if that is what you want to raise.

    I wonder what would happen if we looked at the debate over executive pay, bank bailouts, or health care from the perspective of this book. How much actual deliberation is there? Who participates and how does the organization of the media and media organizations impact the ideals of deliberative democracy?

    Finally, BRAVO, for drawing the bright line back to organization theory.

    Finally, finally, one of my favorite bits of wisdom is that a discussion is the exchange of facts. A dialogue is the shared construction of meaning. If you want to build more cohesion in your organization, think about the difference and which you are doing.

  4. Here is first chapter, BTW.

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