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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

Problem-Solving Democracy

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(p.184) Chapter 10 Problem-Solving Democracy
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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/9780199772438.003.0010

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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