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Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America

Lawrence R. Jacobs, Fay Lomax Cook, and Michael X. Delli Carpini


Challenging the conventional wisdom that Americans are less engaged than ever in national life and the democratic process, this book paints a comprehensive portrait of public deliberation in the United States and explains why it is important to the country's future. The authors' reveal how, when, and why citizens talk to each other about the issues of the day. They find that—in settings ranging from one-on-one conversations to e-mail exchanges to larger and more formal gatherings—two-thirds of Americans regularly participate in public discussions about such pressing issues as the Iraq War, eco ... More

Keywords: public deliberation, political participation, United States, public discussions, public talk, public discourse, governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226389868
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226389899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence R. Jacobs, author

Fay Lomax Cook, author

Michael X. Delli Carpini, author