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Innovating Democracy: Democratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn

Robert E. Goodin


In recent years, democratic theory has taken a deliberative turn. Instead of merely casting the occasional ballot, deliberative democrats want citizens to reason together. They embrace ‘talk as a decision procedure’. But of course thousands or millions of people cannot realistically talk to one another all at once. When putting their theories into practice, deliberative democrats therefore tend to focus on ‘mini-publics’, usually of a couple dozen to a couple hundred people. The central question then is how to connect micro-deliberations in mini-publics to the political decision-making process ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, mini-publics, representative democracy, political parties, political accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547944
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Goodin, author
Distinguished Professor of Social & Political Theory and Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
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