Stephen Elstub

in Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627394
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652716 | DOI:

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This chapter presents the argument that, in order to help solve the legitimacy problems faced by modern democracies, we should move towards a deliberative and associational democracy. There are three dimensions through which democracy can be deepened. The first is the expansion of the franchise, which means more people participate in collective decisions; the second is scope, which means more issues and topics are opened to democratic decision making; and the third is ‘authenticity of control’, which requires the effective participation of autonomous and competent actors.

Keywords: authenticity of control; associational democracy; legitimacy problems; modern democracy; collective decisions

Chapter.  2775 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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