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Can Deliberative Democracy Work in Hierarchical Organizations?
Journal of Public Deliberation
  • Jason Pierce, University of Dayton
  • Grant W. Neeley, University of Dayton
  • Jeffrey Budziak, Ohio State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2008
Abstract

Some measure of equality is necessary for deliberative democracy to work well, yet empirical scholarship consistently points to the deleterious effect that hierarchy and inequalities of epistemological authority have on deliberation. This article tests whether real-world deliberative forums can overcome these challenges. Contrary to skeptics, it concludes that the act of deliberation itself and the presence of trained moderators ameliorate inequalities of epistemological authority, thus rendering deliberative democracy possible, even within hierarchical organizations.

Inclusive pages
1-37
ISBN/ISSN
1937-2841
Document Version
Published Version
Comments

Paper is made available for download in compliance with publisher policy on self-archiving and with author permission. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher
Deliberative Democracy Consortium
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Jason Pierce, Grant W. Neeley and Jeffrey Budziak. "Can Deliberative Democracy Work in Hierarchical Organizations?" Journal of Public Deliberation Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2008)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/grant_neeley/25/