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Deliberative Democracy and Beyond: Liberals, Critics, Contestations

John S. Dryzek


Deliberative Democracy and Beyond takes a critical tour through recent democratic theory, beginning with the deliberative turn that occurred around 1990. The essence of this turn is that democratic legitimacy is to be found in authentic deliberation among those affected by a collective decision. While the deliberative turn was initially a challenge to established institutions and models of democracy, it was soon assimilated by these same institutions and models. Drawing a distinction between liberal constitutionalism and discursive democracy, the author criticizes the former and a ... More

Keywords: constitutionalism, deliberation, deliberative democracy, democratic theory, democratization, discursive democracy, legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250431
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019925043X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John S. Dryzek, author
Professor in the Social and Political Theory Program in the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
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