A PEGS Journal VOL. 13 NO. 1 THE GOOD SOCIETY "The art of governing well has to be learned."--Walter Lippmann Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society Albert W. Dzur Professionals have a unique capacity to encourage, distract, inform, and limit democratic deliberation. The contributors to this symposium share a belief in what can be called "democratic professionalism," the view that a number of key professions have civic roles to play in contemporary democracy and that such civic roles both strengthen the legitimacy of professional authority and render that authority more transparent and more vulnerable to public influence. In distinct ways, each contributor shows how professionals can help mobilize citizen participation inside and outside their professional domains. Significantly, the contributors to this symposium draw attention to "democratic professional" activities that are already having an impact on civic life. We reflect on contemporary reform movements within professions, such as the restorative justice movement. And we notice how social movements, such as the battered women's movement, have helped activate democratic professionals. We observe that in seeking to change governing norms of practice within the academy, medicine, law, and elsewhere, reform-minded professionals have demonstrated how their own domains can
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
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