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Reflective Democracy

Robert E. Goodin


Democracy used to be seen as a relatively mechanical matter of merely adding up everyone's votes in free and fair elections. That mechanistic model has many virtues, among them allowing democracy to ‘track the truth’, where purely factual issues are all that is at stake. Political disputes invariably mix facts with values, however, and then it is essential to listen to what people are saying rather than merely note how they are voting. The great challenge is how to implement that deliberative ideal among millions of people at once. In this book, Goodin offers a solution: ‘democratic deliberati ... More

Keywords: belief democracy, deliberation, democracy, models, preference democracy, reflective democracy, value democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256174
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199256179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Goodin, author
Department of Philosophy, Australian National University
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