The institutions of a legitimate deliberative democracy

John Parkinson

in Deliberating in the Real World

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199291113
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604133 | DOI:
The institutions of a legitimate deliberative democracy

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This chapter summarizes the criteria for a legitimate deliberative democracy and assesses the different deliberative democratic models against those criteria. It points out that no single process can meet them all, thus criticizing the ‘minipublic’ approach. It suggests that a deliberative system approach is necessary, using different processes at different points of the decision making process. The outlines of such a scheme are described, linking activists in civil society and parliamentary processes with a variety of agenda-setting and decision-making tools.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; deliberative system; decision-making; minipublics; citizens’ jury; deliberative poll; parliament; referendums; electronic town hall

Chapter.  10854 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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