Democratizing the Policy Process

Archon Fung

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Democratizing the Policy Process

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This article discusses part of a challenge for democratic theory and practice, where the characteristic deficits of the conventional representative and professionalized policy-making process are highlighted. It suggests how the novel combinations of representation and administration, along with participation and deliberation, can address those deficits. The article also provides an exploration survey, where several ways of participation and deliberation can meet the shortcomings of a minimal representative policy process. The subset of solutions that deepen democratic engagement is the focus of the other sections in the article.

Keywords: democratic practice; democratic theory; characteristic deficits; conventional representative; professionalized policy-making process; exploration survey; shortcomings; minimal representative policy process; democratic engagement

Article.  7297 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; Comparative Politics

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