Deliberative Democracy: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Selen ERCAN, André Bächtiger

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Deliberative democracy is a growing branch of democratic theory. It suggests understanding and assessing democracy in terms of the quality of communication among citizens, politicians, as well as between citizens and politicians. In this interview, drawing on his extensive research on deliberative practice within and beyond parliaments, André Bächtiger reflects on the development of the field over the last two decades, the relationship between normative theory and empirical research, and the prospects for practicing deliberation in populist times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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