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Problem-Solving Democracy

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/9780199772438.003.0010
Problem-Solving Democracy

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This concluding chapter summarizes the central theme of the book—evolutionary learning as public philosophy. This chapter then draws together the ideas about how Pragmatism might re-imagine the role of public agencies as “linchpins” of a “problem-solving democracy.” In a problem-solving democracy, public agencies can build public consent for governing through collaborative and strategic problem-solving with stakeholders. To play this role, however, public agencies must be organized differently. This chapter summarizes the kind of public organization that Pragmatism might envision.

Keywords: pragmatism; learning; problem-solving; democracy; public agencies; organization

Chapter.  4961 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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