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The Institutional Configuration of Deweyan Democracy


Publication Date: 
October 06, 2011
Working Paper
Bibliography: William H. Simon, The Institutional Configuration of Deweyan Democracy, Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-286; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1957332 (2011).


After more than two decades of effort to recover and adapt John Dewey’s thought for a reformed liberal politics, the institutional implications of his ideas remain elusive. This essay argues that a distinctive set of modern business practices and an incipient public policy architecture embody key precepts of Dewey’s political theory. The practices and architecture have developed independently of Dewey’s ideas, but they elaborate the ideas implicitly, and they are illuminated by them.