The Institutional Configuration of Deweyan Democracy

Contemporary Pragmatism, Vol. 9, No. 2 (December 2012), 5-34

Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-286

Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1957332

31 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2011 Last revised: 3 Dec 2015

William H. Simon

Columbia University - Law School; Stanford University - Stanford Law School

Date Written: October 6, 2011

Abstract

After more than two decades of effort to recover and adapt John Dewey’s thought for a reformed liberal politics, the institutional implications of his ideas remain elusive. This essay argues that a distinctive set of modern business practices and an incipient public policy architecture embody key precepts of Dewey’s political theory. The practices and architecture have developed independently of Dewey’s ideas, but they elaborate the ideas implicitly, and they are illuminated by them.

Suggested Citation

Simon, William H., The Institutional Configuration of Deweyan Democracy (October 6, 2011). Contemporary Pragmatism, Vol. 9, No. 2 (December 2012), 5-34; Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-286; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1957332. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1957332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1957332

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