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Deliberating in the Real WorldProblems of Legitimacy in Deliberative Democracy$
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John Parkinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019929111X.001.0001

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The institutions of a legitimate deliberative democracy

The institutions of a legitimate deliberative democracy

(p.147) 7 The institutions of a legitimate deliberative democracy
Deliberating in the Real World

John Parkinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the criteria for a legitimate deliberative democracy and assesses the different deliberative democratic models against those criteria. It points out that no single process can meet them all, thus criticizing the ‘minipublic’ approach. It suggests that a deliberative system approach is necessary, using different processes at different points of the decision making process. The outlines of such a scheme are described, linking activists in civil society and parliamentary processes with a variety of agenda-setting and decision-making tools.

Keywords:   deliberative democracy, deliberative system, decision-making, minipublics, citizens’ jury, deliberative poll, parliament, referendums, electronic town hall

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