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The Capacity to Judge: Public Opinion and Deliberative Democracy in Upper Canada, 1791-1854: ...

The Capacity to Judge: Public Opinion and Deliberative Democracy in Upper Canada, 1791-1854

McNairn, Jeffrey L.

ISBN 10: 0802043607 / ISBN 13: 9780802043603
Editorial: Univ of Toronto Press, 2000
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-----Black cloth with gilt on spine, headband, (xi) 460 pages with map plus 8 b & w plates, no names, Near Fine condition, dust jacket is in Near Fine conditiion. "The Capacity to Judge asks what made widespread public debate about common issues possible; why it came to be seen as desirable, even essential; and how it was integrated into Upper Canada's constitutional and social self-image." Contents include: Preface / Intro / Part One: Creating a Public / Transplanting the Ancient Constitution / The Political Significance of Voluntary Associations / The Press & Its Readers / The Politics of Public Opinion / Part Two: Debating the Alternatives / The Metcalfe Crisis & the Demise of Mixed Monarchy / Tory Republicanism & American Constitution / Laying the Foundations of Parliamentary Government / Primogeniture & the Necessity Debate / Conclusions & Speculative Questions / Bibliography of Printed Primary Sources / Illustration crerdits / index. The scan you see is the book you get. N° de ref. de la librería 008710

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Título: The Capacity to Judge: Public Opinion and ...

Editorial: Univ of Toronto Press

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: First Edition

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By the mid-nineteenth-century, 'public opinion' emerged as a new form of authority in Upper Canada. Contemporaries came to believe that the best answer to common questions arose from deliberation among private individuals. Older conceptions of government, sociability and the relationship between knowledge and power were jettisoned for a new image of Upper Canada as a deliberative democracy. The Capacity to Judge asks what made widespread public debate about common issues possible; why it came to be seen as desirable, even essential; and how it was integrated into Upper Canada's constitutional and social self-image. Drawing on an international body of literature indebted to J rgen Habermas and based on extensive research in period newspapers, Jeffrey L. McNairn argues that voluntary associations and the press created a reading public capable of reasoning on matters of state, and that the dynamics of political conflict invested that public with final authority. He traces how contemporaries grappled with the consequences as they scrutinized parliamentary, republican and radical options for institutionalizing public opinion. The Capacity to Judge concludes with a case study of deliberative democracy in action that serves as a sustained defense of the type of intellectual history the book as a whole exemplifies.

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