Making Deliberative Democracy Practical

James S. Fishkin

in When the People Speak

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604432
Published online February 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803574 | DOI:
Making Deliberative Democracy Practical

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This chapter returns to the issue of whether it is possible to combine political equality and deliberation. It raises four questions: First, if and when this combination is achieved, how inclusive is it? Second, if and when this combination is achieved, how thoughtful is it? Third, if and when this combination is achieved, what effects does it have? Fourth, under what social and political conditions can any of this be accomplished? It sets out the notion of piloting deliberative democracy to see what institutional designs withstand objection, and to explore points of entry where this ancient political life form, suitably updated, can find a modern role. It considers projects on different topics conducted in various parts of the world that provide a basis for some preliminary conclusions.

Keywords: political equity; deliberation; inclusion; deliberative democracy

Chapter.  3654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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