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Democracy When the People Are Thinking: Revitalizing Our Politics Through Public Deliberation

James S. Fishkin


Democracy requires a connection to the “will of the people.” What does that mean in a world of “fake news,” relentless advocacy, dialogue mostly among the like-minded, and massive spending to manipulate public opinion? What kind of opinion can the public have under such conditions? What would democracy be like if the people were really thinking in depth about the policies they must live with? This book argues that “deliberative democracy” is not utopian. It is a practical solution to many of democracy’s ills. It can supplement existing institutions with practical reforms. It can apply at all l ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, populism, Deliberative Polling, will of the people, fake news, manipulation, authoritarian regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James S. Fishkin, author
Professor of Communication, Stanford University

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