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Democracy When the People Are Thinking


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Part I: Introduction 1. Party Competition and Its Limits 2. Deliberation and ReformPart II: Can the People Rule? 1. Four Criteria for Popular Control 2. Four Forms of Democracy 3. Popular Control in Competitive Democracies 4: Is There Democracy for 'Realists'? 5. Manipulation 6. Elite Deliberation and Popular Control: Madison's Filter 7. Participatory Democracy and Democratic Control: From Town Meetings to Referenda 8. Reflections on the Athenian CasePart III: Making Deliberation Practical 1. Designing Deliberative Democracy James S. Fishkin, Thad Kousser, Robert C. Luskin, and Alice Siu: 2. Deliberative Agenda Setting: California In One Room 3. Mongolia: Deliberative Participatory Budgeting James S. Fishkin, Roy William Mayega, Lynn Atuyambe, Nathan Tumuhamye, Julius Ssentongo, Alice Siu and William Bazeyo: 4. Applying Deliberative Democracy in Africa: Uganda's First Deliberative Polls James S Fishkin, Robert C. Luskin and Alice Siu: 5. Deliberating European WidePart IV: Re-imagining Democratic Possibilities 1. Designs for Deliberation: Where and How? 2. It Works in Practice, But Does It Work in Theory? 3. From Thought Experiments to Real Experiments: Reflections on Rawls and Habermas 4. Deliberative Democracy and Candidate Selection 5. Texas: Connecting Public Deliberation to Policy Elites 6. Connecting Deliberative Designs to Participatory Democracy 7. Deliberating Before Ballot Propositions: Reflecting on the 'Australian Republic' 8. Japan: Deliberation for Hard Choices 9. Deliberation Day 10. Connecting Deliberative Democracy to Constitutional Change 11. Speculating on New Institutions 12. Mongolia Deliberates for Constitutional Change 13. 'Deliberative Authoritarianism'? 14. 'Deliberative Systems' and Popular Control 15. Toward Collective Self-Rule Appendix

About the Author

James S. Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University, where he is Professor of Communication and (by courtesy) Professor of Political Science. He is also Director of Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Deliberation (Yale, 1991), When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation (OUP, 2009) and other books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California.


A provocative book that makes the case for the importance of deliberation as the foundation of real democracy. It challenges our beliefs about what is possible and outlines an institutional framework for creating a real deliberative democracy. It is an antidote to those who are pessimistic about the future of democracy. * Norman M. Bradburn, Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago. *
In this extraordinary book, Fishkin surveys the world wide efforts of governments and civil society groups to create real-world institutions enabling citizens to discuss and determine the fundamental issues confronting their societies. Based on this extraordinarily informed study, Fishkin shows how modern technology will permit even more dramatic expansions of deliberative democracy in the twenty-first century. At a time when pundits prophesy the fall of liberal democracy, Fishkin's demonstrations of these breakthroughs are of particular importance. * Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University. *
This book may - and I hope will - change the face of democracy. With examples from California, Texas, Mongolia, Uganda, China, Japan, Macau, Australia, the UK, and Europe, Fishkin shows how a representative body of citizens, chosen by lot and stratified to include all relevant sections of the community, can, after deliberating, come to informed conclusions that have a major impact on key public decisions. Case upon case breaks new ground in the growing global movement to harness the intelligence and legitimacy of citizens drawn by lot. * Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School. *

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