The ends of deliberation

Meta-consensus and inter-subjective rationality as ideal outcomes

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Normative deliberative theory has contributed much to an understanding of ideal procedural standards, but there is considerable uncertainty regarding the appropriate nature of desired deliberative outcomes. In this paper we identify two inter-related concepts of meta-consensus and inter-subjective rationality as outcomes that an authentic deliberative process ought to produce. Importantly, these deliberative ends are consistent with ideal deliberative procedure. They are also empirically tractable, where preference transformation can be described in terms of underlying values, and judgments. Methods for assessing deliberative ends are provided and demonstrated using a case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-526
Number of pages30
JournalSwiss Political Science Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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