The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy
The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy takes stock of deliberative democracy as a research field, as well as to explore and create links with philosophy, various research programs in the social sciences and law, as well as policy practice around the globe. It provides a concise history of deliberative ideals in political thought while also discussing their philosophical origins. It locates deliberation in a political system with different spaces, publics, and venues, including parliament and courts but also governance networks, protests, mini-publics, old and new media, and everyday talk. It documents the intersections of deliberative ideals with contemporary political theory, involving epistemology, representation, constitutionalism, justice, and multiculturalism. It explores the intersections of deliberative democracy with major research fields in the social sciences and law, including social and rational choice theory, communications, psychology, sociology, international relations, framing approaches, policy analysis, planning, democratization, and methodology. It engages with practical applications, mapping deliberation as a reform movement and as a device for conflict resolution. It documents the practice and study of deliberative democracy around the world, in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and global governance. And it provides reflections on the field by pioneering thinkers such as Jürgen Habermas, Amy Gutmann, Dennis Thompson, and Robert Goodin.