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Why societies need dissent

Author: Cass R Sunstein
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Series: Oliver Wendell Holmes lectures, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Cass R. Sunstein shows that organizations and nations are far more likely to prosper if they welcome dissent and promote openness. Attacking "political correctness" in all forms, Sunstein demonstrates that corporations, legislatures, even presidents are likely to blunder if they do not cultivate a culture of candor and disclosure. He shows that unjustified extremism, including violence and terrorism,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sunstein, Cass R.
Why societies need dissent.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)606987853
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cass R Sunstein
ISBN: 0674012682 9780674012684
OCLC Number: 52208744
Description: ix, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : conformity and dissent --
1. Doing what others do --
2. Obeying (and disobeying) the law --
3. Traveling in herds --
4. What will the neighbors think? --
5. Free speech --
6. The law of group polarization --
7. The framers' greatest contribution --
8. Are judges conformists too? --
9. Affirmative action in higher education --
Conclusion : Why dissent? --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Oliver Wendell Holmes lectures, 2003.
Responsibility: Cass R. Sunstein.

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Dissenters are often portrayed as selfish and disloyal, but Sunstein shows that those who reject pressures imposed by others perform valuable social functions, often at their own expense.  Read more...

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Sunstein provides a learned, intelligent and lively discussion of an issue of the first importance in societies which assume that real discussion and debate ought to inform public decisions.--William Read more...

 
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