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A re-examination of the evidence about citizens' capacity for self-governance and what it means for the future of democratic politics, from both empirical and normative perspectives.

"Political science has the bad habit of trying to keep normative theory and empirical research in separate compartments. This book shows that interesting and important things can happen when you bring democratic theory and the study of democratic politics together. Experiments like this could help revitalize the discipline. And the heartening substantive news is that democracy may be a more viable form of government, that the people may be more likely to govern themselves wisely and well, than political science has sometimes suggested." -Charles W. Anderson, University of Wisconsin

Are ordinary citizens capable of governing themselves? For more than three decades, social scientists have accumulated evidence of the undemocratic propensities of many ordinary citizens. This has caused some to worry about the stability of existing democratic institutions, while others argue that the institutions themselves are the problem: politics needs to be democratized further, giving citizens more opportunities to practice democratic politics and acquire democratic values. The thirty-three contributors to this volume enter this debate with new evidence on citizens' capacity for deliberative politics. They argue that previous methods of investigation significantly underestimate people's ability to govern themselves, and that the prospects for democracy are better than conventional wisdom suggests. Realization of these prospects will depend on citizens grasping the interplay of emotions and reason in political life, creating new opportunities for citizen deliberation, and reinvigorating the institutions of representative government. Theories of democracy in turn will have to accommodate this changing reality as citizens show themselves to be self-determining in their political activities.

George E. Marcus is Professor of Political Science at Williams College and co-author of Political Tolerance and American Democracy (Chicago, 1982). Russell L. Hanson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and author of The Democratic Imagination in America (Princeton, 1985).

Synopsis:

This book offers a re-examination of the evidence about citizens' capacity for self-governance and what it means for the future of democratic politics, from both empirical and normative perspectives.

Are ordinary citizens capable of governing themselves? For more than three decades, social scientists have accumulated evidence of the undemocratic propensities of many ordinary citizens. This has caused some to worry about the stability of existing democratic institutions, while others argue that the institutions themselves are the problem: politics needs to be democratized further, giving citizens more opportunities to practice democratic politics and acquire democratic values.

The thirty-three contributors to this volume enter this debate with new evidence on citizens' capacity for deliberative politics. They argue that previous methods of investigation significantly underestimate people's ability to govern themselves, and that the prospects for democracy are better than conventional wisdom suggests. Realization of these prospects will depend on citizens grasping the interplay of emotions and reason in political life, creating new opportunities for citizen deliberation, and reinvigorating the institutions of representative government. Theories of democracy in turn will have to accommodate this changing reality as citizens show themselves to be self-determining in their political activities.

About the Author

George E. Marcus is Professor of Political Science at Williams College and co-author of Political Tolerance and American Democracy (1982).

Russell L. Hanson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and author of The Democratic Imagination in America (1985).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271009278
Editor:
Marcus, George E.
Editor:
Hanson, Russell L.
Editor:
Marcus, George E.
Editor:
Hanson, Russell L.
Author:
Marcus, George E.
Author:
Hanson, Russell
Author:
Democratic Theory Symposium
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Location:
University Park, Pa. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Congresses
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
Political participation -- Congresses.
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Democracy -- Congresses.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
History & Theory
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
497-H
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.19 in 1.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This book offers a re-examination of the evidence about citizens' capacity for self-governance and what it means for the future of democratic politics, from both empirical and normative perspectives.

Are ordinary citizens capable of governing themselves? For more than three decades, social scientists have accumulated evidence of the undemocratic propensities of many ordinary citizens. This has caused some to worry about the stability of existing democratic institutions, while others argue that the institutions themselves are the problem: politics needs to be democratized further, giving citizens more opportunities to practice democratic politics and acquire democratic values.

The thirty-three contributors to this volume enter this debate with new evidence on citizens' capacity for deliberative politics. They argue that previous methods of investigation significantly underestimate people's ability to govern themselves, and that the prospects for democracy are better than conventional wisdom suggests. Realization of these prospects will depend on citizens grasping the interplay of emotions and reason in political life, creating new opportunities for citizen deliberation, and reinvigorating the institutions of representative government. Theories of democracy in turn will have to accommodate this changing reality as citizens show themselves to be self-determining in their political activities.

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