Legitimacy reconsidered: theoretical solutions

John Parkinson

in Deliberating in the Real World

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199291113
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604133 | DOI:
Legitimacy reconsidered: theoretical solutions

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This chapter discusses the concept of legitimacy, distinguishing between procedural and substantive legitimacy. Theoretical solutions to the scale and motivations problems are surveyed, drawing out three key ideas to explore further: representation, publicity, and rationality. It shows how some of the solutions to the motivations problem undermine solutions to the scale problem, and suggests that thinking in terms of a ‘deliberative system’ might help resolve the tensions before sketching the principles of what a legitimate deliberative democracy might look like.

Keywords: legitimacy; deliberative democracy; procedural vs. substantive; scale; motivations; deliberative system; representation

Chapter.  10120 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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