Robert Talisse

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article focuses on deliberative democracy. Beginning in the 1980s, democratic theory took what is aptly characterized as a “deliberative turn.” At present, there is a wide variety of views that claim the label deliberative democracy, and almost all conceptions of democracy in currency involve some aspect of deliberation. Deliberative democrats advance a conception of deliberation which is firstly, noninstrumentalist; secondly, interpersonal; thirdly, justificatory; and finally, public. Three styles of deliberative democracy are discussed: liberal deliberativism, civic republicanism, and radical democracy.

Keywords: democracy; democratic theory; deliberative democracy; deliberation

Article.  9403 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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