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Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic

Sandra M. Gustafson


Deliberation, in recent years, has emerged as a form of civic engagement worth reclaiming. This book combines historical literary analysis and political theory in order to demonstrate that current democratic practices of deliberation are rooted in the civic rhetoric that flourished in the early American republic. Though the U.S. Constitution made deliberation central to republican self-governance, the ethical emphasis on group deliberation often conflicted with the rhetorical focus on persuasive speech. From Alexis de Tocqueville's ideas about the deliberative basis of American democracy throu ... More

Keywords: historical literary analysis, political theory, self-governance, deliberation, language, political life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226311296
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226311302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra M. Gustafson, author