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Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements

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Introduction / 1. Deliberative Capacity: From Deliberative Theory to Democratic Life / 2. Transition from a Deliberative Democratic Perspective / 3. Case Study: Transition Connor / 4. Case Study: Notari Citta di Transizione / 5. Case Study: Transition Dickson Hills / 6. Vaiai in Transizione / 7. Comparative Findings / 8. The Drivers of Deliberative Capacity / 9. Conclusions / Bibliography / Index

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Andrea Felicetti is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Political Research, KU Leuven, Belgium.


Integrating deliberative democratic theory and empirical analysis, Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements offers a fresh analysis of the Transition movement through case studies in Australia and Italy. Felicetti methodically and contextually examines the deliberative capacity of each case study in terms of authenticity, inclusivity, and social impact. In so doing the book represents a significant advance in both deliberative democratic theory and social movement analysis of sustainability oriented active citizenship initiatives. Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements is a pioneering study, the first attempt to map and conceptualise `deliberative opportunity structures' and deliberative capacity. -- John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy, Queens University Belfast Andrea Felicetti finds a potential for public deliberation within social movements seeking to forestall climate change through community activism. This `Transition' movement can, at times, create authentic, inclusive, and consequential spaces for public debate. By studying four cases with varied results, Felicetti helps us see how social movements can dovetail with the more abstract aims of deliberative democracy to transform simultaneously environmental policy and politics itself. -- John Gastil, Senior Scholar at the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Penn State University Andrea Felicetti has used a rare combination of theoretical frameworks and qualitative research to produce something that few other works on deliberative democracy can offer: real guidance for activists who want to be both democratic and effective, and real-world tests of theorists' ideals. This book will be valuable not only to deliberative democrats, but social movement scholars and activists alike. -- John Parkinson, Professor of Politics, Griffith University

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