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Do-It-Yourself DemocracyThe Rise of the Public Engagement Industry$
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Caroline W. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987269.001.0001

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Sharing the Pain

Sharing the Pain

The Lessons Deliberation Teaches

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(p.189) 7 Sharing the Pain
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Do-It-Yourself Democracy
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Caroline W. Lee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987269.003.0008

What are the unintended consequences of public engagement? How are they related to contentious politics? Chapter 7 studies the kinds of activism, and the kinds of resistance, that deliberation produces in its subjects, with an emphasis on the simultaneously therapeutic and extractive goals of deliberative remedies. Through a case study of the outcomes of a very different process than the New Orleans rebuilding event, this chapter shows that even when engagement is specifically organized around collective mobilization, the routines and cultural logics of managed participation are ultimately disempowering. Investigating cases where publics have rejected engagement reveals the catch-22 facing civic actors who criticize public involvement efforts.

Keywords:   unintended consequences, contentious politics, resistance, therapeutic, mobilization, disempowerment

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