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Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity (Hardback)
  • Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity (Hardback)

Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/06/2004
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When we think of politics in pluralistic societies, two types of issues come to mind. On the one hand, controversies over affirmative action, race-conscious districting, and racial stereotypes in the media raise questions of justice. On the other hand, secessionist wars in the former Yugoslavia, religious violence in India, and race riots in American cities prompt questions about stability. But while both types of questions are crucial to resolving problems in pluralistic societies, few scholars integrate them in developing models for a just and stable multicultural policy. In this pathbreaking work. Michael Rabinder James integrates questions of justice and stability through a model of deliberative democracy in the plural polity. Drawing on empirical social science and normative political philosophy. James develops a framework for assessing democratic institutions according to three broad concerns: do they realize deliberative fairness in their decision-making procedures; can they flexibly respond to emerging and shifting collective identities; and are they able to mitigate group conflict? The core of this approach is James's model of "plural deliberation".

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613182
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm

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