Deliberative Democracy and Public Dispute Resolution

TitleDeliberative Democracy and Public Dispute Resolution
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSusskind, L, Gordon, J, Zaerpoor, Y
EditorBachtiger, A, Dryzek, J, Mansbridge, J, Warren, M
Book TitleThe Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy
PublisherOxford University Press

Deliberative democracy and public dispute resolution (PDR) have the same goal—to inform and determine the public interest—but they involve different skills and practices. This article considers the ways in which deliberative democratic approaches to policyrelated decision-making can be supplemented with tools used in public dispute resolution —specifically, the use of an independent mediator, the well-developed technique of stakeholder assessment, and a new strategy called joint fact-finding, where stakeholders with different interests work together with outside experts to identify common assumptions, gather information together, and formulate and clarify opinions. All are designed to achieve fairer, wiser, more stable and more efficient outcomes.

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