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Pragmatist Democracy$
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Christopher Ansell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199772438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772438.001.0001

Democratic Governance in a Pragmatist Key

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Democratic Governance in a Pragmatist Key
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Pragmatist Democracy
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Christopher K. Ansell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772438.003.0001

Public agencies are the nexus between democracy and governance. But they are often held in low regard, in part because they face a large gap between discretion (low) and responsibility (high). Pragmatist philosophy is a resource for imagining a more productive democratic role for public agencies. Pragmatism advances an evolutionary learning perspective, which is anti-dualist, problem-driven, reflexive, and deliberative. This evolutionary learning perspective offers a valuable framework for public philosophy and the social sciences.

Keywords:   public agencies, democracy, governance, pragmatism, learning

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