The Resource By popular demand : revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections, John Gastil

By popular demand : revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections, John Gastil

Label
By popular demand : revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections
Title
By popular demand
Title remainder
revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections
Statement of responsibility
John Gastil
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
John Gastil challenges conventional assumptions about public opinion, elections, and political expression in this persuasive treatise on how to revitalize the system of representative democracy in the United States. Gastil argues that American citizens have difficulty developing clear policy interests, seldom reject unrepresentative public officials, and lack a strong public voice. Our growing awareness of a flawed electoral system is causing increased public cynicism and apathy. The most popular reforms, however, will neither restore public trust nor improve representation. Term limits and campaign finance reforms will increase turnover, but they provide no mechanism for improved deliberation and accountability. Building on the success of citizen juries and deliberative polling, Gastil proposes improving our current process by convening randomly selected panels of citizens to deliberate for several days on ballot measures and candidates. Voters would learn about the judgments of these citizen panels through voting guides and possibly information printed on official ballots. The result would be a more representative government and a less cynical public. America has a long history of experimentation with electoral systems, and the proposals in By Popular Demand merit serious consideration and debate
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gastil, John
Dewey number
324.6/3/0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
JK1764
LC item number
.G37 2000eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Political participation
  • Elections
  • Representative government and representation
  • Forums (Discussion and debate)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Elections
  • Forums (Discussion and debate)
  • Political participation
  • Representative government and representation
  • United States
Label
By popular demand : revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections, John Gastil
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-257) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Exit And Public Voice In Representative Democracy -- Why Elections Fail To Ensure Accountability -- Appraising Radical And Conventional Electoral Reforms -- Public Expression In American Politics -- Glimpses Of The Deliberative Public -- The Citizen Panels Proposal -- The Political Impact Of Citizen Panels -- Electoral Experimentation
Control code
49570119
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520925007
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780520925007
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)49570119
Label
By popular demand : revitalizing representative democracy through deliberative elections, John Gastil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-257) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Exit And Public Voice In Representative Democracy -- Why Elections Fail To Ensure Accountability -- Appraising Radical And Conventional Electoral Reforms -- Public Expression In American Politics -- Glimpses Of The Deliberative Public -- The Citizen Panels Proposal -- The Political Impact Of Citizen Panels -- Electoral Experimentation
Control code
49570119
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520925007
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780520925007
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)49570119

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