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Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

Stephen Elstub

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627394
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652716 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627394.001.0001
Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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In an era where citizens of liberal democracies are becoming increasingly disillusioned, dissatisfied and disenfranchised by the dominant political institutions and decision-making processes in these polities, new ideas of how to deepen democracy, re-engage citizens and enhance decision-making legitimacy are required. This book suggests that a combination of deliberative democracy and associational democracy is both a normatively desirable and an empirically plausible solution to the complex problems present in contemporary societies – as well as being compatible with many recent trends in governance. The author argues that by combining deliberative with associational democracy, the weaknesses of each model alone are compensated by the other, allowing the key strengths of each to manifest themselves. The book goes further by offering a detailed set of original, institutional requirements for liberal democracies that, if adopted, will enable a deliberative and associational democracy to be realised in practice. It achieves this by starting off with first principles, considering arguments about why democracy is valuable and elaborating on why both deliberative and associational democracy – especially when combined – can enhance these normative principles, which make democracy and its required revitalisation so important.

Keywords: liberal democracies; decision-making legitimacy; institutional requirements

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Politics

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Introduction in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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Cultivating Autonomy: The Normative Core of Democracy in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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Deliberative Democracy and Autonomous Decision-Making in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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A Dualist Model of Deliberative and Associational Democracy in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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Democratising Secondary Associations in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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Avoiding the Mischief of Factionalism in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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Conclusion in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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