Deliberative Democracy: An Introduction

André Bächtiger, John DRYZEK, Jane Mansbridge, Mark Warren

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We define deliberation minimally to mean mutual communication that involves weighing and reflecting on preferences, values, and interests regarding matters of common concern. Deliberative democracy incorporates the requirements that deliberation take place in contexts of equal recognition, respect, reciprocity, and sufficiently equal power for communicative influence to function. These aspirational ideals have inspired a flourishing field, with theoretical and empirical research across many disciplines, and many democratic innovations and practices in many countries and cultures. We survey the evolution of the ideals of deliberative democracy, their numerous sites in deliberative systems, the places of these sites within broader political arenas, and the many critics, criticisms, and revisions the concept and practice of deliberative democracy have attracted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy
EditorsAndré Bächtiger, John Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, Mark Warren
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780198747369
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameSwiss Political Science Review
ISSN (Print)1424-7755

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