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Deliberation (in Public Management) 

Public judgment that requires thoughtful examination of issues, listening to others’ perspectives, and coming to a public judgment on what represents the common good

 

(Roberts, cited in Feldman, AllanM. and Roberto Serrano. 2006. Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory, 2nd ed. New York: Springer, pp. 89-90)

 

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Deliberation is not “the aggregation of interests”. It requires thoughtful examination of issues, listening to others’ perspectives, and coming to a public judgment on what represents the common good. Public judgment differs from public opinion in the sense of the typical opinion poll. Public judgment comes from people working together, face-to-face, in a shared search for effective solutions to their community problems.

     

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