Liberal Democracy and the Critical Alternative

John S. Dryzek

in Deliberative Democracy and Beyond

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250431
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191717253 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Liberal Democracy and the Critical Alternative

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Recounts the roots of the deliberative turn in democratic theory in liberalism and critical theory. Losing sight of its critical theory origins, deliberative democracy gains an ever‐closer association with the institutions of the liberal state. As an alternative, this chapter lays the foundations for an account of discursive democracy grounded in a critical theory of communicative action.

Keywords: communicative action; critical theory; deliberative democracy; discursive democracy; liberal state; liberalism

Chapter.  9256 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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