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The deliberative democracy handbook: Strategies for effective civic engagement in the twenty-first century

Gastil, J. & Levine, P. (2005). Jossey-Bass San Francisco.

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook is a resource for democratic practitioners and theorists alike. It combines rich case material from many cities and types of institutional settings with careful reflection on core principles. It generates hope for a renewed democracy, tempered with critical scholarship and political realism. Most important, this handbook opens a spacious window on the innovativeness of citizens in the U.S. (and around the world) and shows how the varied practices of deliberative democracy are part of a larger civic renewal movement.