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Deliberative Democracy Now

Deliberative Democracy Now
LGBT Equality and the Emergence of Large-Scale Deliberative Systems

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Publication planned for: July 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425186

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  • Millions feel voiceless in our politically turbulent times. Yet there is also evidence that democracy itself is evolving. In a long-predicted development, democracy is potentially morphing into a conversation-based process called deliberative democracy. In this practice, technology-assisted public discussion, conscious reflection, and collective choice are beginning to reshape democratic governance, creating the power to override political dysfunction. Illustrating this emerging possibility through a case study of twenty-eight years of US public discussion on LGBT equality, this book offers a practical model for the growth of deliberative democracy in which everyone may take part through simple activities. It reveals the needed catalysts, social network formations, and pathways for overcoming unconscious bias, fear, and polarization via which the US public chose to embrace LGBT equality over time. This book shows how each person gains power, voice, and influence within a deliberative democracy. It will interest anyone who cares about the future of democratic life.

    • Offers an applied model of how democracy based on public discussion can be achieved in practice
    • Shows that deliberation base democracy is possible now, and provides as evidence the illustrating example of public opinion change on LGBT rights in the US
    • Will appeal to those who feel that many democracies have become dysfunctional, and/or influenced primarily by elites
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    Advance praise: 'This book is well written, well argued, and theoretically informed. It adds an important contribution to the growing literature on deliberative democracy and public reason. Barvosa argues that the evolution of public thinking and policy on LGBT issues in the US over the past several decades is an instance of public reasoning / deliberative democracy at work. Scholars have been skeptical that the idea of deliberative democracy is at all plausible for large-scale democracies with deep diversity, such as the US. This book responds to those criticisms directly through a grounded, qualitative study of public deliberation over LGBT issues. In addition to examining LGBT rights discourse as an example of deliberative systems at work through law, media, the economy, etc., the author also elaborates in convincing detail on the mechanisms of such discourse. This book is not only highly original but also instructive for more work of a similar kind in the future.' Lori Watson, University of San Diego

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: July 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425186
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Deliberative systems and the problem of scale
    1. Theoretical overview: deliberative systems at work
    2. Three catalysts of a deliberative system
    3. Social networks in deliberative system growth and implementation power
    4. Overcoming cognitive obstacles: implicit bias, identity threats and fear
    5. Hidden quandaries and implications for deliberative democracy
    Conclusion: large-scale deliberative democracy: possible if chosen.

  • Author

    Edwina Barvosa, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Edwina Barvosa is an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara who holds her Ph.D. from Harvard University, Massachusetts in political science and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge. An interdisciplinary social scientist and applied theorist, she focuses on democracy, deliberation, and resolving the influence of implicit bias in organizations and governance, especially inherited biases stored as contradictions within the self. She is the author of Wealth of Selves: Multiple Identities, Mestiza Consciousness, and the Subject of Politics (2008) and articles in journals such as the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the Journal of Political Philosophy.

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