Books

There are a growing number of good books that focus on deliberative democracy. We have assembled the following bibliography as suggestions and if you know of a good book not on this list, please contact us.

Recent books we hope you didn’t miss


  • Atlas, C. and Korza, P. (eds.) (2005). Crucial Perspectives: Writings on Art and Civic Dialogue. Washington, DC: Americans for the Arts.
  • Barker, D. and Brown, D. (eds) (2009) A Different Kind of Politics: Readings on the Role of Higher Education in Democracy. Kettering Foundation.
  • Benson, L., Harkavy, I., and Puckett, J. (2007) Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Breyer, Stephen (2011) Making Our Democracy Work. New York: Random House, Inc.
  • Brown, D.W. and Witte, D. (Eds.) (2008) Agent of Democracy: Higher Education and the HEX Journey. Dayton: The Kettering Foundation Press.
  • Brown, J. and Isaacs, D. (2005) The World Café: Shaping our Futures Through Conversations That Matter. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Boyte, H. (2004) Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Cavelier, Robert (ed.)(2011) Approaching Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice. Pittsburg: Carnegie Melon University Press.
  • Colby, A., Beaumont, E., Ehrlich, T., and Corngold, J. (2007) Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers.
  • Dedrick, J., Grattan, L. and Dienstfrey, H. (eds.) (2008) Deliberation and the Work of Higher Education: Innovations for the Classroom, the Campus, and the Community. (2008). Kettering Foundation.
  • Duval, Jared (2010) Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change. New York: Bloomsbury USA
  • Dzur, Albert. (2007) Democratic Professionalism: Citizen Participation and the Reconstruction of Professional Ethics, Identity, and Practice. Penn State Press.
  • Ehrlich, T. (2000) Civic Responsibility and Higher Education. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.
  • Ehrlich, T., Colby, A., Beaumont, E. and Stephens, J. (2003) Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility. San Francisco: Jossey Bass and John Wiley & Sons.
  • Gastil, J. (2008) Political Communication and Deliberation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Gastil, J. and Levine, P. (2006) The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the 21st Century. San Francisco: Jossey Bass and John Wiley & Sons.
  • Harriger, K.J. and McMillan, J.J. (2007) Speaking of Politics: Preparing College Students for Democratic Citizenship through Deliberative Dialogue. Dayton: Kettering Foundation Press.
  • Herbst, Susan (2010) Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Hess, Diana E. (2009) Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion. New York: Routledge.
  • Landis, K. (2009) Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, University of Alaska. Download for free.
  • Leighninger, M. (2006) The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance… and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
  • Levine, P. (2009) Reforming the Humanities Literature and Ethics from Dante through Modern Times. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Levine, Peter (2007) The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens, Boston: Tufts University Press.
  • Longo, Nicholas V. and Cynthia M. Gibson (eds.) (2011) From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities. Medford, MA: Tufts University Press.
  • McAfee, N. (2008) Democracy and the Political Unconscious. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Nash, R.J. and Bradley, D. L., and Chickering, A. (2008) How to Talk about Hot Topics on Campus. San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers.
  • Palmer, Parker (2011) Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  • Pearce, W. B. (2008) Making Social Worlds: A Communication Perspective. San Francisco: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
  • Peters, Scott (2010) Democracy and Higher Education: Traditions and Stories of Civic Engagement (Transformations in Higher Education: the Scholarship of Engagement Series), Michigan State University Press.
  • Rostbøll, Christian F. (2008) Deliberative Freedom: Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory, Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Saltmarsh, John and Matthew Hartley (eds.) (2011) “To Serve a Larger Purpose” Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Sandel, M. (2009) Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Press.
  • Saunders, H.H. (2005) Politics Is About Relationship: a Blueprint for the Citizen’s Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillian.
  • Schoem, D. and Hurtado, S. eds. (2001) Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community, and Workplace. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Sirianni, C. and Friedland, L. (2005) The Civic Renewal Movement (Community-Building and Democracy in the United States). Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.
  • Tatum, B. D. (1997) Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, and other conversations about race. New York: Basic Books.
  • Tatum, B.D. (2007) Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Thomas, Nancy (ed.) (2011) Educating for Deliberative Democracy. New Directions in Higher Education No. 152. Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series.
  • Trepagnier, B. (2006) Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Veninga, J. and McAfee, N. (eds.) (1997) Standing with the Public: The Humanities and Democratic Practice. Dayton, Ohio: Kettering Foundation.
  • Walsh, Katherine Cramer. (2007). Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Wenger, E., McDermott, R. and Snyder, W. (2002) Cultivating Communities of Practice, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Yankelovich, D. (1999) The Magic of Dialogue: Transforming Conflict into Cooperation. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Young, I. M. (2000) Inclusion and Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Zuniga, X., Nagda, B., Chesler, M., and Cytron-Walker, A. (2007) Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justice, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and John Wiley & Sons.
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