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Pragmatist Democracy: Evolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy

Christopher Ansell


Drawing inspiration from the philosophy of Pragmatism, this book argues for a new “problem-solving democracy,” where public agencies build consent for public policy by engaging the public in active problem-solving. More so than legislatures, public agencies serve as linchpins between popular sovereignty and on-the-ground governance. For pubic agencies to play a different role in democracy, we must re-imagine how they function as organizations and interact with the public. The Pragmatist philosophy associated with Charles Peirce, William James, John Dewey, George Herbert Mead provides a framewo ... More

Keywords: pragmatism, public philosophy, institutionalism, public agencies, governance, learning, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199772438
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Ansell, author
University of California-Berkeley