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When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation

James S. Fishkin


All over the world, democratic reforms have brought power to the people, but under conditions where the people have little opportunity to think about the power that they exercise. This book combines a new theory of democracy with actual practice and shows how an idea that harks back to ancient Athens can be used to revive our modern democracies. This book outlines deliberative democracy projects conducted by the author with various collaborators in the US, China, Britain, Denmark, Australia, Italy, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, and in the entire European Union. These projects have resulted in th ... More

Keywords: democratic reforms, modern democracies, deliberative democracy, wind power, sewage treatment, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199604432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James S. Fishkin, author
Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication and Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University.