Democracy in Small Groups, 2nd edition: Participation, decision making, and communication (Paperback)

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The second edition of Democracy in Small Groups helps you choose the democratic method appropriate to the most important groups in your life. Reading this book will help you translate abstract theories into workable principles for democratic decision making. You will learn how to overcome the most common obstacles to effective meetings. You will also see how democratic principles can improve your daily life, as well as your larger political institutions. Whether organizing a yard sale for the PTA, a political campaign, or a project team at work, this book can help you and your group make and implement better decisions while building member morale and leadership skills.

About the Author

John Gastil is a professor in Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also directs the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. He specializes in political deliberation and group decision making, particularly within small groups of lay citizens. His work on the Oregon (USA) Citizens' Initiative Review has helped evaluate an exciting new form of public deliberation that should improve initiative elections. His project on the Jury and Democracy has investigated, and helped to vindicate, the jury system as a valuable civic educational institution. His other books include The Jury and Democracy (2010), The Group in Society (2010), Political Communication and Deliberation (2008), and By Popular Demand: Revitalizing Representative Democracy through Deliberative Elections (2000). His edited books include The Australian Citizens' Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy (2013), Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement (2012), and the Deliberative Democracy Handbook (2005).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781502841988
ISBN-10: 1502841983
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 270
Language: English