Spaces of policy making: deliberating with care

Marian Barnes

in Care in everyday life

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428233
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307686 | DOI:
Spaces of policy making: deliberating with care

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In this chapter Tronto's moral principles of care are applied: attentiveness, responsibility, competence, responsiveness and trust, to deliberative processes through which those subject to public policies might play a part in shaping them. The author argues the need to go ‘beyond argument’ and to encompass the embodied and emotional dimensions of experiences in the policy process. She suggests what ‘care full deliberation’ might look like and thus extend an understanding of care ethics to the public interactions between those who make policy and those whose everyday lives are impacted by them. She argues that this also emphasises the epistemological dimension of care.

Keywords: Policy; Deliberative democracy; Knowledge; Understanding; Communicative competence; Emotional morality; Ethical decision making

Chapter.  8305 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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