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ERIC Number: EJ1092996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Public Deliberation: Efforts in Two States to Transform Public Policy Development
Williams, Sue E.; Daugherty, Renée A.; Powers, Ronald C.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v11 n1 p179-193 2006
A contemporary vision for a democracy is that it involves those who wish to be involved; the highest expression of human rationality becomes reality when ordinary people speak and reason together on issues of common concern. Public deliberation is a structured dialogue around a challenging public problem. It is a means through which citizens can make tough choices about the basic purpose and direction of their communities and their country. Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation, along with the University of Missouri, incorporated public deliberation into their public policy and community development work. To implement public deliberation, they conducted institutes and academies to prepare extension professionals and community leaders to use this practice in their public lives. Research to determine the impact of public deliberation in these two states indicates that public deliberation is a useful approach to addressing challenging social issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri; Oklahoma
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