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Deliberative Democracy and its Limitations

by Ron Böhler

Term Paper (Advanced seminar) 2010 10 Pages

Politics - Political Theory and the History of Ideas Journal

Summary

This essay examines deliberative democracy in recent theories and its limitations in reality. It starts by defining the term deliberative democracy along its own normative standards. Furthermore, the societal and political context in which deliberation as a form of governance by the people arose will be broached. The second section then addresses major shortcomings of deliberative thoughts, both theoretically and empirically.

There is a huge difference between normative aspirations of deliberation theory on the one hand, and empirical evidence on the other. A prerequisite and similarity among all deliberative forms nevertheless is the existence of a lively public sphere, which guarantees communicative acting as well as the free exchange of information and opinions.

The emergence and rise of deliberation brought forth both sympathizers and sceptics. While its proponents regarded deliberation as a solution to de-politicizing societies and people´s disenchantment with politics, the latter ones remained pessimistic about the adaptability of the concept in practice.

In theory, it seemed to be beyond question that deliberation would do better in terms of citizens´ participation, legitimacy and accountability of the political outcome than its representative counterparts in Western societies. The idea was to give back an active role to the public in the process of policy-making, and as such it was a radical approach.

Details

Pages
10
Year
2010
ISBN (eBook)
9783668539341
ISBN (Book)
9783668539358
File size
496 KB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v376554
Institution / College
University of Bath
Grade
1.7
Tags
deliberative democracy limitations

Author

  • Ron Böhler

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