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Democracy and Expertise: Reorienting Policy Inquiry

Frank Fischer


This book examines the role of policy expertise in a democratic society. From the perspectives of both political theory and policy studies, the chapters explore the implications of deliberative democratic governance for professional expertise and extend them to specific policy practices. The discussion focuses in particular on the ways professional practices might be reoriented to assist citizens in understanding and discussing the complex policy issues of an advanced technological society. In doing so, it also explores how public deliberation can be improved through more cooperative forms of ... More

Keywords: democracy, expertise, policy inquiry, deliberative democracy, policy deliberation, participatory governance, citizen participation, postempiricism, deliberative empowerment, cultural politics

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Fischer, author
Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University.
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