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Deliberative America


Peter M. Shane

Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, US
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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.

How to Cite: Shane, P. M. (2005). Deliberative America. Journal of Public Deliberation, 1(1), 10. DOI:
Published on 28 Sep 2005.


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