Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement

Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement


Edited by Tina Nabatchi, Edited by John Gastil, Edited by Matt Leighninger, Edited by G. Michael Weiksner

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0199899282
  • ISBN 13: 9780199899289
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 506,641

Product description

Although the field of deliberative civic engagement is growing rapidly around the world, our knowledge and understanding of its practice and impacts remain highly fragmented. Democracy in Motion represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement. Organized in a series of chapters that address the big questions of deliberative civic engagement, it uses theory, research, and practice from around the world to explore what we know about, how we know it, and what remains to be understood. More than a simple summary of research, the book is designed to be accessible and useful to a wide variety of audiences, from scholars and practitioners working in numerous disciplines and fields, to public officials, activists, and average citizens who are seeking to utilize deliberative civic engagement in their communities. The book significantly enhances current scholarship, serving as a guide to existing research and identifying useful future research. It also has promise for enhancing practice, for example by helping practitioners, public officials, and others better think through and articulate issues of design and outcomes, thus enabling them to garner more support for public deliberation activities. In addition, by identifying what remains to be learned about public deliberation, practitioners and public officials may be inspired to connect with scholars to conduct research and evaluations of their efforts.

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Author information

Tina Nabatchi: Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. John Gastil is Professor of Communication and Political Science, The University of Washington; soon to leave U Washington and become Head of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State. Author of Jury and Democracy (Oxford, 2010). Matt Leighninger: Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy G. Michael Weiksner: is CEO of and a trustee of

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; About the Editors ; About the Authors ; Editorial Assistants ; Part I: Overview ; 1. Introduction to Deliberative Civic Engagement ; Tina Nabatchi ; 2. Mapping Deliberative Civic Engagement: Pictures From a (R)evolution ; Matt Leighninger ; Part II: Process and Design ; 3. Who Deliberates? Recruitment and Participation in Deliberative Civic Engagement ; David Ryfe and Brittany Stalsburg ; 4. How People Communicate During Deliberative Events ; Laura Black ; 5. Deliberative Inclusion in Multicultural Societies ; Alice Siu and Dragan M. Stanisevski ; 6. Online Deliberation Design: Choices, Criteria, and Evidence ; Todd Davies and Reid Chandler ; Part III: Outcomes and Evaluation ; 7. Does Deliberation Make Better Citizens? ; Heather Pincock ; 8. Deliberation's Contribution to Community Capacity-Building ; Bo I. Kinney ; 9. Assessing the Policy Impacts of Deliberative Civic Engagement ; Gregory Barrett, Miriam Wyman, and Vera Schattan P. Coehlo ; 10. Evaluating Deliberative Public Events and Projects ; John Gastil, Katie Knobloch, and Meghan B. Kelly ; Part III: Conclusion ; 11. Listening and Responding to Critics of Deliberative Civic Engagement ; Loren Collingwood and Justin Reedy ; 12. Advancing the Theory and Practice of Deliberative Civic Engagement: A Secular Hymnal ; Michael Weiksner, John Gastil, Tina Nabatchi, and Matt Leighninger ; References