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This thesis critically re-examines deliberative democracy from a rational and social-choice-theoretic perspective and questions its dominance in current democratic theory. I define deliberative democracy as reasoned, inclusive, equal and other-regarding debate aimed at making decisions collectively. The thesis examines both procedural and epistemic justifications for deliberative democracy.

Deliberative democracy, school of thought in political theory that claims that political decisions should be the product of fair and reasonable discussion and debate among citizens. In deliberation, citizens exchange arguments and consider different claims that are designed to secure the public good. Through this conversation, citizens can come to an agreement about what procedure, action, or.

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Stephen Macedo (ed.), Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democ-racy and. for good reasons or what her standard for criticism of ideological domination. would be. Deliberation and rationalism. The.This pioneering book delivers a systematic account of agonistic democracy, and a much-needed analysis of the core components of agonism: pluralism, tragedy, and the value of conflict. It also traces the history of these ideas, identifying the connections with republicanism and with Greek antiquity. Mark Wenman presents a critical appraisal of the leading contemporary proponents of agonism and.Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement. Stephen Macedo (ed.) Oxford University Press (1999) Abstract The banner of deliberative democracy is attracting increasing numbers of supporters, in both the world's older and newer democracies. This effort to renew democratic politics is widely seen as a reaction to the dominance of liberal constitutionalism. But many questions.


The nine essays that follow represent the latest efforts of leading democratic theorists to tackle various problems of deliberative democracy. All the contributions address tensions that arise between reason and politics in a democracy inspired by the ideal of achieving reasoned agreement among free and equal citizens. Although the authors approach the topic of deliberation from different.Given the “destructive nature of the criticism that dominated the discourse around liberal democracy” (Duncan 1983 p.196), the liberal theorists in return considered remittances by practicing “deliberative opinions polls” and “referendums” in expanding the practice of democracy (Beetham 2005). David Beetham (2005) theoretically argues that a government can be a democracy only to.

Deliberative democracy is a normative project grounded in political theory; but it is also home to a large volume of empirical social science research. So what have we learned about deliberative democracy, its value, and its weaknesses? This essay surveys the field by discussing twelve key findings that conceptual analysis, logic, empirical study, normative theorizing, and the refinement of.

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Some modern theorists of democracy, called elite theorists, have argued against any robustly egalitarian or deliberative forms of democracy on these grounds. They argue that high levels of citizen participation tend to produce bad legislation designed by demagogues to appeal to poorly informed and overly emotional citizens. They look upon the alleged uninformedness of citizens evidenced in.

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Deliberative Democracy: Essays on Reason and Politics James Bohman, William Rehg. Ideals of democratic participation and rational self-government have long informed modern political theory. As a recent elaboration of these ideals, the concept of deliberative democracy is based on the principle that legitimate democracy issues from the public deliberation of citizens. This remarkably fruitful.

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A criticism of deliberation is that potentially it allows those most skilled in rhetoric to sway the decision in their favour. This criticism has been made since deliberative democracy first arose in Ancient Athens. (23) (24) History. Consensus-based decision making similar to deliberative democracy is characteristic of the hunter gather band societies thought to predominate in pre-historical.

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An account of deliberative democracy as a political culture thus conceptualizes deliberative democracy as the overall prevalence of those norms, expectations, meanings, and customs (rather than first and foremost formal institutions, events, and actors) that result in the society being characterized by political discourse and engagement of a kind that meets the norms of deliberative democracy.

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There is growing criticism of deliberative democracy from agonistic positions, which makes it relevant to revitalize Rawls and Habermas’ debate on the concept of the political. Habermas’ position has become dominant in deliberative democracy: the majority of both empirical and theoretical studies rely on the proceduralist, rather than on substantionalist tradition. In contrast with Rawls.

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Deliberative democracy is perhaps the most popular position in democratic theory at the moment, and the debate hosts a large variety of deliberative theories. Deliberative democracy stretches from any form of communication to more sophisticated consensual forms of rational discourses, such as Habermas’ ideal of public sphere or Cohen (xii) ’ Rawlsian deliberative debate among reasonable.

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Review Article: Divided Societies and Deliberative Democracy; Review Article: Divided Societies and Deliberative Democracy. 886 Words 4 Pages. Among comparative scholars there is a continuing debate about which kinds of institutions would work best for stabilizing peace in ethnical divided societies. In general, they agree on the necessity of democratic institutions. The question is whether.

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So should we accept the deliberative model of democracy? Critics have raised a number of objections to the ideal related to its emphasis on deliberation, the common good and, not least, on agreement and consensus. In approaching this criticism it is important first to stress that deliberative democracy describes a political ideal. It describes.

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This criticism has been made since deliberative democracy first arose in Ancient Athens. (26) (27) History. Consensus-based decision making similar to deliberative democracy is characteristic of the hunter gather band societies thought to predominate in pre-historical times. As some of these societies became more complex with developments like division of labour, community-based decision.

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