Beyond the Empirical-Normative Divide: The Democratic Theory of Jane Mansbridge

  title={Beyond the Empirical-Normative Divide: The Democratic Theory of Jane Mansbridge},
  author={Melissa S. Williams},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={797 - 805}
Jane Mansbridge's intellectual career is marked by field-shifting contributions to democratic theory, feminist scholarship, political science methodology, and the empirical study of social movements and direct democracy. Her work has fundamentally challenged existing paradigms in both normative political theory and empirical political science and launched new lines of scholarly inquiry on the most basic questions of democratic equality, deliberation, collective action, and political… 
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