Deliberative Resources

Learn more about the theory behind deliberative democracy.

Articles

Deliberation Theory

Director Martin Carcasson’s and former Associate Director Leah Sprain short paper discussing the key aspects of deliberative democracy.

A short paper targeted to municipalities that covers the basics of wicked problems, the limits of adversarial/expert and the importance of deliberative engagement efforts.

Carcasson’s paper that focuses on the goals of deliberation published by Public Agenda and the Center for Advances in Public Engagement. It includes the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd order goals of deliberation.

Article in Communication Theory outlining the theory behind the CPD, written by CPD Director Martin Carcasson and former associate director Leah Sprain.

Civic Engagement in Higher Education

A short article in the Journal of Public Deliberation making the case for local centers and institutes like the CPD and their role in local communities.

A short article making the case for deliberation to be an overarching concept for higher education

An article from the book Beyond Politics as Usual: Paths for Engaging College Students in Politics, on the story of the development of the CPD, and the argument for the need for deliberative mindsets and a local focus to reengage students. If you would like to order the full book click here. The chapters from several scholars that run programs to engage students in innovative ways