The Legitimacy of a Federal Commission as a Deliberative Democratic Process: The Case of the Secretary's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics

Lisa A. Kihl, Mathew Soroka

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Abstract

In 2002, the Secretary of Education established a commission to examine ways to strengthen enforcement of the Title IX law and expand opportunities for school sports. This article examined the legitimacy of the commission in terms of realizing deliberative democratic process ideals. Interviews and document analysis revealed that degrees of legitimacy were reached in terms of representation, quality of deliberations, and credibility that led to various tensions felt by citizens. Citizens believed in the importance of participating in Title IX policy discussions but, overall, were suspicious of the government and thus questioned the commission's legitimacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-71
Number of pages34
JournalPolitics and Society
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 22 2013

Keywords

  • Title IX legislation
  • deliberative democracy
  • public policy

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