The jury and democracy how jury deliberation promotes civic engagement and political participation john gastil e pierre deess philip j weiser and cindy simmons. In late 2010 we combined all of our projects findings in a book by oxford university press the jury and democracy how jury deliberation promotes civic engagement and political participation you can order copies online directly from oxford university press or at amazoncom . The jury and democracy is the first book to link jury service and political engagement demonstrating how this institutionalized form of deliberation can contribute to democratic society not only in the united states but also in the many other countries using or experimenting with juries. In conclusion jury service is important to our democracy because it does promote civic participation in that it provides unbiased views and resolution to evidence presented in a case in a court of law. Jury service also sparks long term shifts in media use political action and community involvement in an era when involved americans are searching for ways to inspire their fellow citizens the jury and democracy offers a plausible and realistic path for turning passive spectators into active political participants
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