The Deliberative Democracy Consortium

Sunday
Oct 21st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home DDC Blog General No Taxation Without Deliberation

No Taxation Without Deliberation

E-mail Print PDF

by John Gastil

Take note, fellow deliberationistas. The value of deliberation has become more widely apparent, finding its way into its first rallying cry. And it comes from the right, which some have wondered might be more skeptical about the deliberative democracy movement. The anti-tax protests organized for April 15 were the site of the "no taxation without deliberation" slogan, shown here on one protestor's sign.

As in this brief letter from an Indianan, you can see the gist of the argument.

The idea is that we are making enormous fiscal decisions without sufficient deliberation. On that point, I have some sympathy, for what deliberation has taken place within government is not always readily visible to the general public, and there certainly has not been much public bi-partisan deliberation on display.
 
When we get to the root of the problem, though, I think we will find some political elites actively obstructing or opposing deliberation, particularly when they anticipate ending up in the minority on the decisions being made. By refusing to publicly deliberate, it leaves open the chance to complain about the lack of deliberation.
 
In practice, it is hard to know whether the complaint about insufficient deliberation is a legitimate complaint or just sour grapes. By analogy, when political parties withdraw from elections in developing countries, sometimes it's clear that they are protesting what will be a rigged elections, but other times, it appears they are simply avoiding an embarrassing defeat.
 
I think one more task to add to the ToDoList of deliberationistas is coming up with metrics for judging the deliberative-ness of entire branches of government on different issues. If we could assess deliberative quality in such a way, it might give more credence (or less) to future calls for More Deliberation before Taxation.

Comments (0) (sent to twitter)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.

busy
 

Welcome


The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) is a network of practitioners and researchers representing more than 50 organizations and universities, collaborating to strengthen the field of deliberative democracy. The Consortium seeks to support research activities and to advance practice at all levels of government, in North America and around the world.

[Image: AmericaSpeaks' 21st Century Town Meeting]

JPD

JPD logoThe Journal of Public Deliberation is a collaboration between the DDC, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), and the Center for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. An online, refereed journal, JPD is the flagship publication in its field, and an important catalyst for the rapid growth of interest in democracy, citizenship, and participation. Find it at http://services.bepress.com/jpd.

 

News and updates

twitter

Join us on Facebook

Facebook logoFor news, resources, and updates on deliberation, participation, and democratic governance around the world, like DDC on Facebook! Find us at http://www.facebook.com/deliberative.democracy and click “Like” at the top of the page.

Deliberative Democracy Handbook

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook is the first book to bring together the best practices and thinkin on deliberative citizen participation processes. Deliberative democracy is the nationwide movement to make citizen participation meaningful and effective. Learn more...

Deliberative Democracy Handbook Cover

The Next Form of Democracy

Beneath the national radar, the relationship between citizens and government is undergoing a dramatic shift. The stories of civic experiments in "The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance -- and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same" by DDC Executive Director Matt Leighninger show us the realpolitik of deliberative democracy, and illustrate how the evolution of democracy is already reshaping politics. Learn more...

Journal of Public Deliberation
Visit the JPD >>

Democracy Helpline

Deliberative Democracy HelplineThe growth of democratic governance has been a grassroots phenomenon. The promise of the Democracy Helpline, a project of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and its Partners, is to enable a broader array of people to make use of these powerful democratic strategies and principles. Learn more...

What are the specifics of the circumstances under which ED first occurred? free viagra order online Buy viagra online canada viagra 100mg where to buy cialis? buy cialis Research into the structure, function, and regulation of PDEs has progressed a long way from the initial identification of PDE activity nearly 50 years ago. The PDE enzymes are now well recognized to be important regulators of many different cellular functions. Research in the field has evolved from early studies primarily concerning identification of PDE enzymes and characterization of their kinetic and regulatory properties to more recent work on their structure and how their activities are regulated in the cellular context. This accumulation of basic knowledge should further foster the targeting of these enzymes for drug development and clinical treatment. herbal viagra bulk sales viagra online buy cialis online online viagra online order viagra generic viagra online canada buy viagra buy viagra viagra online 4. Localization.