Towards a Deliberative Society
The book concludes with a call to repoliticize deliberative democracy by moving away from an exclusive focus on ‘safe havens’ like minipublics, or environments in which administrative imperatives dominate, and engage more effectively with mass democracy, and thus with comparative political science. It shows how the authors’ reconceptualization of deliberative democracy—its contingent, performative, and distributed nature—is directed to that goal, reconnecting deliberation with democratic principles without denying the importance of direct citizen deliberation. It closes by imagining a deliberative society that is challenged by ‘post-truth’ politics, but argues that an account that puts citizens’ practices of meaning-making at the heart of deliberation reveals effective routes out of the challenges.
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