Chapter

Introduction

Ian O'flynn

in Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621446
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672004 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621446.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of deliberative democracy. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to show that deliberative democracy has crucial, but largely untapped, implications for divided societies. To this end, it offers normative arguments, but also seeks to engage with the work of some of the most important comparative scholars working in the field of conflict studies. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; conflict studies; divided societies

Chapter.  5047 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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