Source: (2003) Prepared for presentation at the Midwestern Political Science Association annual meetings, Chicago, April 3-6. Downloaded 2 November 2005.
This paper is part of a research project on the political dimensions of professional practice. The grand argument of the project is that a number of professions have democratic responsibilitiesâ€”to enable rather than disable citizen participation within their spheres of professional authorityâ€”that stem from specific effects of particular professional norms and practices. These democratic responsibilities, I argue, are realistic not moralistic expectations that strengthen the legitimacy of professional authority. Further, enabling citizen participation means enabling a certain kind of professionalism. This paper is a critique of both an apolitical view of professionsâ€™ social responsibility and a hyperpolitical view of professional expertise and authority. The purpose is to clear ground to get a better view of the democratic responsibilities of professions. Author’s abstract.
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