Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity (Paperback)
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Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity (Paperback)

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Paperback 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: 9780700613199
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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"James offers a persuasive account of the deliberative ideal. The book combines a number of case studies with an in-depth analysis of deliberation as it takes place in society, in the public sphere, in groups and in electoral systems. It also underpins these case studies with a chapter on identity formation. The author presents a fresh combination of theoretical and practical aspects of deliberative democracy. . . . To sum up, this book offers a unique insight into deliberative democracy and its facets. The combination of case-study material and theoretical analysis is compelling indeed."--Political Studies Review
"Outstanding. . . . James is a political theorist who is willing to get his hands dirty by the careful study of political institutions and their actual effects. . . . A carefully argued and powerfully important contribution."--Donald L. Horowitz, author of Ethnic Groups in Conflict

"The most innovative treatment of these issues to date, combining normative theory, institutional analysis, and case studies with sophistication and clarity."--Mark E. Warren, author of Democracy and Association

"A marvelously nuanced, multifaceted, and sophisticated analysis of the normative foundations of the deliberative ideal. A superb achievement."--Stephen K. White, editor of Political Theory

"A masterpiece and tour de force of impeccable scholarship."--David Ingram, author of Group Rights: Reconciling Equality and Difference

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