Democracy in Motion

Author: Tina Nabatchi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019999613X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Although the field of deliberative civic engagement is growing rapidly around the world, our knowledge and understanding of its practice and impacts remain highly fragmented. Democracy in Motion represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement. Organized in a series of chapters that address the big questions of deliberative civic engagement, it uses theory, research, and practice from around the world to explore what we know about, how we know it, and what remains to be understood. More than a simple summary of research, the book is designed to be accessible and useful to a wide variety of audiences, from scholars and practitioners working in numerous disciplines and fields, to public officials, activists, and average citizens who are seeking to utilize deliberative civic engagement in their communities. The book significantly enhances current scholarship, serving as a guide to existing research and identifying useful future research. It also has promise for enhancing practice, for example by helping practitioners, public officials, and others better think through and articulate issues of design and outcomes, thus enabling them to garner more support for public deliberation activities. In addition, by identifying what remains to be learned about public deliberation, practitioners and public officials may be inspired to connect with scholars to conduct research and evaluations of their efforts.

Political Communication and Deliberation

Author: John Gastil
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412916275
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The act of deliberation is the act of reflecting carefully on a matter and weighing the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to a problem. It aims to arrive at a decision or judgment based not only on facts and data but also on values, emotions, and other less technical considerations. Though a solitary individual can deliberate, it more commonly means making decisions together, as a small group, an organization, or a nation. Political Communication and Deliberation takes a unique approach to the field of political communication by viewing key concepts and research through the lens of deliberative democratic theory. This is the first text to argue that communication is central to democratic self-governance primarily because of its potential to facilitate public deliberation. Thus, it offers political communication instructors a new perspective on familiar topics, and it provides those teaching courses on political deliberation with their first central textbook. This text offers students practical theory and experience, teaching them skills and giving them a more direct understanding of the various subtopics in public communication.

Foundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance

Author: John S. Dryzek
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199644853
Format: PDF
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Deliberative democracy puts communication and talk at the centre of democracy. This text takes a fresh look at the foundations of the field, and develops new applications in areas ranging from citizen participation to the democratization of authoritarian states to the global system.

Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy

Author: Tina Nabatchi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118688406
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A comprehensive text on the theory and practice of participatorygovernance Written by two leaders in the field of participatory governance,Introduction to Public Participation explores the theory andpractice of citizen participation in decision-making andproblem-solving in government. The book examines the values andguiding principles that have emerged from the practice of publicparticipation in the 21st Century. It offers clear explanations forthe fundamental rationales behind participation and clarifiestraditional models for participation, including more recentcutting-edge models that have emerged for both face-to-face andonline participation. The book is filled with illustrative examples throughout andcontains detailed case analyses. This important text puts thespotlight on the need for cross-sector, long-term civic engagementplanning, and provides guidance for future leaders who aredetermined to improve the ways that democracies function. Helps students and practitioners understand the theory behindand practice of participatory governance Contains a wealth of detailed case studies that explore theapplication of public participation Covers vital issues such as immigration, race, and difference;public finance, poverty, and economic development; land use and theenvironment; public safety and public health; and schools andeducation Accompanying instructor resources include; case studies andresearch from www.participedia.net, discussion questions, sampleassignments, and classroom activities

Public Engagement and Civic Maturity

Author: Kimberly Pearce
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 055766053X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Public Engagement and Civic Maturity is a practical guide for self-reflection for those who facilitate and design participatory processes; an introduction to a distinctive way of working; and - in its concept of "civic maturity" - a visionary prophesy of a better form of civic life.

Democracy in Small Groups

Author: John Gastil
Publisher: John Gastil
ISBN: 9780865712744
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Drawing from years of experience and study, John Gastil offers a variety of solutions to the problems commonly faced by small, democratic groups. He thoroughly explores the dynamics of practising democracy, including the relationship between speaking rights and listening responsibilities; the importance of full access to information and agenda setting; and ways to practice democracy in personal, family and neighbourhood life. Throughout, he enriches his suggestions with detailed descriptions of the dynamics within a co-operative grocery store. To help readers to choose the democratic structure most appropriate to their group, the book also surveys the full range of democratic processes -- including consensus, majority rule, and proportional outcomes.

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook

Author: John Gastil
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 9781118105108
Format: PDF, ePub
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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 U.S. (and around the world) and shows how the varied practices of deliberative democracy are part of a larger civic renewal movement.

Slow Democracy

Author: Susan Clark
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603584145
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities. Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to bring the advantages of "slow" to our community decision making. Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered. Susan Clark and Woden Teachout outline the qualities of real, local decision making and show us the range of ways that communities are breathing new life into participatory democracy around the country. We meet residents who seize back control of their municipal water systems from global corporations, parents who find unique solutions to seemingly divisive school-redistricting issues, and a host of other citizens across the nation who have designed local decision-making systems to solve the problems unique to their area in ways that work best for their communities. Though rooted in the direct participation that defined our nation's early days, slow democracy is not a romantic vision for reigniting the ways of old. Rather, the strategies outlined here are uniquely suited to 21st-century technologies and culture.If our future holds an increased focus on local food, local energy, and local economy, then surely we will need to improve our skills at local governance as well.

Deliberative Pedagogy

Author: Timothy J. Shaffer
Publisher: MSU Press
ISBN: 1628953012
Format: PDF, ePub
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As the public purposes of higher education are being challenged by the increasing pressures of commodification and market-driven principles, Deliberative Pedagogy argues for colleges and universities to be critical spaces for democratic engagement. The authors build upon contemporary research on participatory approaches to teaching and learning while simultaneously offering a robust introduction to the theory and practice of deliberative pedagogy as a new educational model for civic life. This volume is written for faculty members and academic professionals involved in curricular, co-curricular, and community settings, as well as administrators who seek to support faculty, staff, and students in such efforts. The book begins with a theoretical grounding and historical underpinning of education for democracy, provides a diverse collection of practical case studies with best practices shared by an array of scholars from varying disciplines and institutional contexts worldwide, and concludes with useful methods of assessment and next steps for this work. The contributors seek to catalyze a conversation about the role of deliberation in the next paradigm of teaching and learning in higher education and how it connects with the future of democracy. Ultimately, this book seeks to demonstrate how higher education institutions can cultivate collaborative and engaging learning environments that better address the complex challenges in our global society.

Citizen Customer Partner Engaging the Public in Public Management

Author: John Clayton Thomas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317478584
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For almost a half a century, scholars and practitioners have debated what the connections should be between public administration and the public. Does the public serve principally as citizen-owners, those to whom administrators are responsible? Are members of the public more appropriately viewed as the customers of government? Or, in an increasingly networked world, do they serve more as the partners of public administrators in the production of public services? This book starts from the premise that the public comes to government not principally in one role but in all three roles, as citizens and customers and partners. The purpose of the book is to address the dual challenge that reality implies: (1) to help public administrators and other public officials to understand the complex nature of the public they face, and (2) to provide recommendations for how public administrators can most effectively interact with the public in the different roles. Using this comprehensive perspective, Citizen, Customer, Partner helps students, practitioners, and scholars understand when and how the public should be integrated into the practice of public administration. Most chapters in Citizen, Customer, Partner include multiple boxed cases that illustrate the chapter’s content with real-world examples. The book concludes with an extremely useful Appendix that collects and summarizes the 40 Design Principles – specific advice for public organizations on working with the public as customers, partners, and citizens.