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Innovating DemocracyDemocratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn$
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Robert E. Goodin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547944.001.0001

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How talk informs

How talk informs

(p.93) 5 How talk informs
Innovating Democracy

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Insofar as the reason ‘why’ we want deliberative democracy is just to pool information, what justifies so much emphasis among deliberative democrats on talking face-to-face to the exclusion of other equally good ways of pooling information? This chapter develops a contrast between two ways of pooling information: mechanically (through vote counting) and discursively (through talking together). It goes on to canvass five ways in which pooling information discursively might capture information that would have been lost had the information-pooling been done by more purely mechanical means.

Keywords:   discursive democracy, information pooling, deliberative democracy, face-to-face, cascades, group polarization

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