Deliberation: towards an understanding of practice

Celia Davies, Margaret Wetherell and Elizabeth Barnett

in Citizens at the centre

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301851 | DOI:
Deliberation: towards an understanding of practice

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This chapter examines the debates about democratic deliberation in Great Britain and explores some of the practical questions that arise when efforts are made to put deliberation into practice. It offers a brief introduction to some key theoretical debates, discusses experiments with citizens' juries, and identifies four major sets of objections to the deliberative ideal. The chapter highlights some of the considerations that a more adequate theory of deliberation needs to address and proposes a methodology and conceptual framework for conducting ethnographic investigation of democratic deliberation. It also discusses deliberation as a discursive activity and as an emergent form of social practice.

Keywords: democratic deliberation; Great Britain; citizens' juries; deliberative ideal; ethnographic investigation; discursive activity; social practice

Chapter.  9436 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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