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    Jürg Steiner Publishes New Book

    Steiner book cover

    Jürg Steiner, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, has recently authored a new book, The Foundations of Deliberative Democracy: Empirical Research and Normative Implications (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

    Deliberative democracy is now an influential approach to the study of democracy and political behaviour. Its key proposition is that, in politics, it is not only power that counts, but good discussions and arguments too.  This book examines the interplay between the normative and empirical aspects of the deliberative model of democracy.  Jürg Steiner presents the main normative controversies in the literature on deliberation, including self-interest, civility and truthfulness.  He then summarizes the empirical literature on deliberation and proposes methods by which the level of deliberation can be measured rather than just assumed.  (Excerpted from Cambridge University Press website:

    Jane J. Mansbridge, Harvard University, writes "This book reports on some of the most exciting work in democracy today. Its innovations will have an impact both on the profession and on practice. It is rare to find such a combination of normative sophistication, empirical innovation, and research organization ... the work on storytelling is exceptional."

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