This Introduction starts by discussing the purpose of looking at the role of policy expertise in a democratic society. It talks about the book's focus and the idea behind the book. The book, the Introduction explains, was motivated by an interest in problems of expert knowledge, complexity, and citizen deliberation, and by the new interest in participatory modes of governance in Western liberal polities over the past couple of decades, especially in Europe. The Introduction sets out the context of the book. Finally it summarizes the chapters that follow.
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