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Democratic Governance in a Pragmatist Key

Christopher K. Ansell

in Pragmatist Democracy

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199772438
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918997 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772438.003.0001
Democratic Governance in a Pragmatist Key

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Public agencies are the nexus between democracy and governance. But they are often held in low regard, in part because they face a large gap between discretion (low) and responsibility (high). Pragmatist philosophy is a resource for imagining a more productive democratic role for public agencies. Pragmatism advances an evolutionary learning perspective, which is anti-dualist, problem-driven, reflexive, and deliberative. This evolutionary learning perspective offers a valuable framework for public philosophy and the social sciences.

Keywords: public agencies; democracy; governance; pragmatism; learning

Chapter.  7911 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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