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Deliberative democracy and legitimacy

John Parkinson

in Deliberating in the Real World

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199291113
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604133 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019929111X.003.0001
Deliberative democracy and legitimacy

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This chapter outlines the theory of deliberative democracy and deliberative institutions, highlighting the legitimacy problems — to do with the scale of the deliberations and the motivation to participate — as experienced by the organizers of a citizens’ jury in Leicester, England, in 2000. It explains the approach and methods, outlines the argument, and summarizes five cases of deliberation in the UK’s National Health Service.

Keywords: citizens’ jury; deliberative poll; disability politics; deliberative democracy; legitimacy; National Health Service; scale

Chapter.  8906 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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