Deliberative America

Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 1, 2005

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 46

13 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2005  

Peter M. Shane

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Abstract

New books by Bruce Ackerman and James Fishkin and by Ethan J. Leib conclusively demonstrate that ambitious versions of deliberative democracy are susceptible to practical implementation in the United States. This review argues that the suggested reforms would be most potent if deployed as a simultaneous project of revitalizing both the electoral and deliberative aspects of American democratic legitimacy, and that campaigns to do so on a local level are more likely both to attract political support and achieve effectiveness than a campaign aimed at the national government.

Keywords: democracy, deliberation, discussion, lawmaking

JEL Classification: D70, D71, D72, K40

Suggested Citation

Shane, Peter M., Deliberative America. Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 1, 2005; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 46. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=819224

Peter M. Shane (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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