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Jane Mansbridge

Participation, Deliberation, Legitimate Coercion, 1st Edition

Edited by Melissa S. Williams

Routledge

242 pages

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Jane Mansbridge’s intellectual career is marked by field-shifting contributions to democratic theory, feminist scholarship, political science methodology, and the empirical study of social movements and direct democracy. Her work has fundamentally challenged existing paradigms in both normative political theory and empirical political science and launched new lines of scholarly inquiry on the most basic questions of the discipline: the sort of equality democracy needs, the goods of political participation, the nature of power, the purposes of deliberation, the forms of political representation, the obstacles to collective action, and the inescapable need for coercion.

The editor has focused on work in three key areas:

Participation and power

Mansbridge’s early work on participatory democracy generated a key insight that has informed all of her subsequent work: the kind of equality we need to legitimate decisions under circumstances of common interests (equal respect) differs from the kind of equality we need when interests conflict (equal power).

Deliberation and representation

In the chapters in this section, Mansbridge adds nuance to democratic theory by disaggregating different modes of political representation and explicating the ways in which each can contribute to the deliberative, aggregative and expressive functions of democratic institutions.

Legitimate coercion

Mansbridge exemplifies a collaborative spirit through the practice of deliberative co-authorship, through which she and colleagues construct a taxonomy of procedures that can legitimize enforceable collective decisions.

Essential reading for anyone interested in liberal conceptions of equality, participation, representation, deliberation, power and coercion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Political Thought of Jane Mansbridge

PART I

Participation and Power

1 The Limits of Friendship (1976)

2 Feminism and Democracy (1990)

3 Using Power/Fighting Power (1994)

PART II

Deliberation and Representation

4 Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent "Yes" (1999)

5 Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System (1999)

6 Rethinking Representation (2003)

7 The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy (2010)

8 A Systemic Approach to Deliberative Democracy (2012)

Part III

Legitimate Coercion

9 On the Importance of Getting Things Done (2012)

10 "Deliberative Negotiation" (2014)

An interview with Jane Mansbridge: Questions from Melissa Williams

About the Editor

Melissa S. Williams is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Her published work addresses, inter alia, the relationship between structural injustice and democratic ideals of egalitarian inclusion, comparative political theory, and the future of democracy in the global era.

About the Series

Routledge Innovators in Political Theory

Routledge Innovators in Political Theory focuses on leading contemporary thinkers in political theory, highlighting the major innovations in their thought that have reshaped the field. Each volume collects both published and unpublished texts, and combines them with an interview with the thinker. The editorial introduction articulates the innovator’s key contributions in relation to political theory, and contextualises the writer’s work. Volumes in the series will be required reading for both students and scholars of 21st century politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General