Deliberative Engagement: The Forum in the System

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    Recent decades have seen an explosion of innovative forms of
    public engagement on many kinds of issues in many countries
    (even a few transnational experiments), and nowhere is this
    more true than on questions concerning the environment and
    the risks of new technologies. Here, I will examine this pattern
    of innovation through a deliberative lens in order to take stock
    of both successes and failures. At first glance, it might seem that
    success comes mainly in the form of high-quality deliberation
    in particular forums; failure comes mostly in the frequent failure of those forums to have much impact in larger processes
    (though such failure is not universal; see Goodin and Dryzek
    2006 for a compendium of success stories). Here though, I will
    take a somewhat different approach grounded in a system view
    of deliberative democracy, in which the core questions concern
    the deliberative qualities of larger-scale systems of governance,
    to which particular forums might contribute. I will develop
    some ideas about the place of forums within larger systems
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)750-754
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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