The plural democracies of problems: a meta-theory

Robert Hoppe

in The governance of problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303848 | DOI:
The plural democracies of problems: a meta-theory

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This chapter addresses the macro-level question of how to move the political system as a whole towards a more reflexive level of the governance of problems. It exploits and elaborates the notion of the intelligence of democracy by showing how each of the problem structures has selective affinities with different, but standard, theories of political democracy: Schumpeterian procedural democracy, liberal-pluralist democracy, accommodationist elite-cartel democracy, and deliberative and/or participatory democracy. The day-by-day practice of democracy requires people to tinker with different modes of democratic governance to successfully deal with different problem structures.

Keywords: political system; political democracy; procedural democracy; liberal-pluralist democracy; democratic governance

Chapter.  8233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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