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Activism, Inclusion, and the Challenges of Deliberative Democracy

This book exposes the structures that keep activists at the margins of political debates.

Democracy depends on its capacity to engage diverse viewpoints, but activists who amplify silenced voices often find themselves outside the deliberative process altogether. Activism, Inclusion, and the Challenges of Deliberative Democracy questions the effectiveness of political frameworks that shift activism to the margins, measuring its value only in terms of broader electoral outcomes. Following recent movements such as ACT UP and Black Lives Matter, Anna Drake exposes the oppressive structures that prevent activists from participating in policy debates as equals. If we are to see a democratic revival, Drake argues, we must engage activists on their own terms, apart from existing systems shaped by injustice.  

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