Democratic Governance in a Pragmatist Key
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.
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