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Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation: A Theory of Discourse Failure Hardcover – July 24, 2006
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About the Author
Fernando R. Teson is the Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar and a Professor of Law at the Florida State University College of Law. A renowned scholar of political philosophy and international law, he is the author of Justice at a Distance: Extending Global Freedom (with Loren Lomasky, Cambridge, 2015) and Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry into Law and Morality, 3rd edition (2005), among many others. A native of Argentina, he is a founding member of the blog Bleeding Heart Libertarians (bleedingheartlibertarians.com).
Top Customer Reviews
Teson and Pincione's theory builds on a number of intellectual works, most notably theories of the rational voter and the value of deliberative democracy. Their theory adds very important nuances to the works it builds on. One of their most interesting twists is their idea that the common citizen is not to be blamed for their rational ignorance of complicated public policy questions, it is rational - and arguably even virtuous - for common individuals to devote time developing what is directly valuable to their lives (i.e. their family, their profession).
This book is very well written. It is a serious academic work, so it is very thorough in examining the supporting and opposing literature. For readers who are not very familiar with the topics of deliberative democracy and/or rational voters this book serves as a very good and objective literature review.
This work is ultimately a healthy re-evaluation of democracy itself by exposing weaknesses in the popular discourse process that is often said to be one of its key underpinnings. Brilliant, great.Read more ›