Democratic Professionalism: Sharing Authority in Civic Life

Democratic Professionalism: Sharing Authority in Civic Life Albert W. Dzur What worried Christie and other critics of the era, such as Ivan Illich, is not modernity or task-distribution, but a task-monopoly that shrinks the space of democratic authority and immobiIntroduction: Political Theory and the Professions lizes citizens who might occupy that space. Professions shrink the space of democratic authority when Professions are more political than the sociologists and applied they perform public purposes that could conceivably be done by philosophers who study them think and more interesting than lay people. So journalists provide information, doctors aid human the political theorists who do not study them think. This paper welfare, criminal justice administrators serve needs for just secuseeks to show how a number of professions have democratic rity. These services and products have public consequences: they responsibilities--to enable rather than disable citizen participaaffect us not just as individuals but also as members of an ongotion within their spheres of professional authority--that stem ing collective. Sometimes professionals quite literally shrink the from specific effects of particular professional norms and pracspace of participation, by deciding public issues far from potentices. These democratic responsibilities, I argue, are realistic not tial sites of participation off in professional buildings and adminmoralistic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Democratic Professionalism: Sharing Authority in Civic Life

The Good Society, Volume 13 (1)

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Albert W. Dzur What worried Christie and other critics of the era, such as Ivan Illich, is not modernity or task-distribution, but a task-monopoly that shrinks the space of democratic authority and immobiIntroduction: Political Theory and the Professions lizes citizens who might occupy that space. Professions shrink the space of democratic authority when Professions are more political than the sociologists and applied they perform public purposes that could conceivably be done by philosophers who study them think and more interesting than lay people. So journalists provide information, doctors aid human the political theorists who do not study them think. This paper welfare, criminal justice administrators serve needs for just secuseeks to show how a number of professions have democratic rity. These services and products have public consequences: they responsibilities--to enable rather than disable citizen participaaffect us not just as individuals but also as members of an ongotion within their spheres of professional authority--that stem ing collective. Sometimes professionals quite literally shrink the from specific effects of particular professional norms and pracspace of participation, by deciding public issues far from potentices. These democratic responsibilities, I argue, are realistic not tial sites of participation off in professional buildings and adminmoralistic

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