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Pragmatist DemocracyEvolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy$
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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

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Problem-Solving Democracy

Problem-Solving Democracy

(p.184) Chapter 10 Problem-Solving Democracy
Pragmatist Democracy

Christopher K. Ansell

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the central theme of the book—evolutionary learning as public philosophy. This chapter then draws together the ideas about how Pragmatism might re-imagine the role of public agencies as “linchpins” of a “problem-solving democracy.” In a problem-solving democracy, public agencies can build public consent for governing through collaborative and strategic problem-solving with stakeholders. To play this role, however, public agencies must be organized differently. This chapter summarizes the kind of public organization that Pragmatism might envision.

Keywords:   pragmatism, learning, problem-solving, democracy, public agencies, organization

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