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Bruce Ackerman is an American academic with a knack for coming up with radical policy ideas that might work. In his book The Stakeholder Society he proposed giving all US citizens a sizeable capital sum at birth. This idea has been taken up, in diluted form, in the British government’s “baby bond.” Now Ackerman has published a book (with James S Fishkin), Deliberation Day, whose central idea should also be taken up by the Blair government as it prepares to battle against myth and paranoia to win a referendum on the EU constitution next year. As the Prospect roundtable debaters…

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