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Deliberating in the Real World: Problems of Legitimacy in Deliberative Democracy

John Parkinson


This book attempts to solve two problems in deliberative democratic theory and practice: How can agreements reached inside deliberative forums be legitimate for those who did not take part? And why should people with strongly-held views participate in the first place? The solution involves rethinking deliberative theory, but also draws on lessons from practical experience with deliberative forums in Britain’s National Health Service. The book discusses the competing representation claims that different participants make, the pros and cons of different approaches to democratic accountability, a ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, deliberative system, public involvement, patient involvement, legitimacy, National Health Service, participation, citizens’ jury, deliberative poll, motivations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/019929111X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Parkinson, author
Lecturer in Politics, University of York