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Democracy without Shortcuts: A Participatory Conception of Deliberative Democracy

Cristina Lafont


This book articulates a participatory conception of deliberative democracy that takes the democratic ideal of self-government seriously. It aims to improve citizens’ democratic control and vindicate the value of citizens’ participation against conceptions that threaten to undermine it. The book critically analyzes deep pluralist, epistocratic, and lottocratic conceptions of democracy. Their defenders propose various institutional “shortcuts” to help solve problems of democratic governance such as overcoming disagreements, citizens’ political ignorance, or poor-quality deliberation. However, it ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, citizen participation, democratic control, democratic legitimacy, pluralist democracy, epistemic democracy, deliberative minipublics, judicial review, political justification, public reason

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cristina Lafont, author
Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University

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