Although the field of deliberative civic engagement is growing rapidly around the world, our knowledge and understanding of its practice and impacts remain highly fragmented. Democracy in Motion represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement. Organized in a series of chapters that address the big questions of deliberative civic engagement, it uses theory, research, and practice from around the world to explore what we know about, how we know it, and what remains to be understood. More than a simple summary of research, the book is designed to be accessible and useful to a wide variety of audiences, from scholars and practitioners working in numerous disciplines and fields, to public officials, activists, and average citizens who are seeking to utilize deliberative civic engagement in their communities. The book significantly enhances current scholarship, serving as a guide to existing research and identifying useful future research. It also has promise for enhancing practice, for example by helping practitioners, public officials, and others better think through and articulate issues of design and outcomes, thus enabling them to garner more support for public deliberation activities. In addition, by identifying what remains to be learned about public deliberation, practitioners and public officials may be inspired to connect with scholars to conduct research and evaluations of their efforts.
About the Author
Tina Nabatchi: Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. John Gastil is Professor of Communication and Political Science, The University of Washington; soon to leave U Washington and become Head of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State. Author of Jury and Democracy (Oxford, 2010). G. Michael Weiksner: is CEO of SocialFeet.com and a trustee of e-thePeople.org. Matt Leighninger: Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy