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

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  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425186

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  • While millions feel politically marginalized, there is evidence that democracy is evolving into a conversation-based, public-centered practice called deliberative democracy. In this new form of democracy, public discussion, conscious reflection, and collective choice drive democratic governance and have the power to override democratic dysfunction. Illustrating this emerging possibility with examples from 28 years of US public engagement on LGBT equality, this book offers a practical model for the growth of deliberative democracy in which everyone can take part. It identifies the necessary social catalysts, the role of social networks and technology, and key pathways to addressing unconscious bias, hidden fears, and identity based polarization as they were overcome in the LGBT case. It demonstrates how each person can gain voice and influence in a deliberative democracy in which people once again become the true source of political power. This book will interest anyone who cares about the future of democracy.

    • 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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    '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

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425186
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • 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 a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, Massachusetts and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge. An interdisciplinary social scientist and applied theorist, she focuses on democracy, social change, and resolving the influence of implicit bias in organizations and governance, especially the effects of socially 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 Perspectives on Politics and the Journal of Political Philosophy.

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