The roles of referendums in deliberative systems

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This paper does not ask to what degree referendums match deliberative democratic criteria, because no institution can. Instead, it asks what roles referendums can play in a deliberative system. It argues that referendums can play constructive roles not just as legitimating tools, but also by providing focusing events that generate salience for everyday narratives of collective life. It also argues that small-scale deliberative processes work better when they are focused on such collective decision making moments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-500
Number of pages16
JournalRepresentation: journal of representative democracy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


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