It is sometimes assumed that voting is the central mechanism for political decision making. The contributors to this volume focus on an alternative mechanism, which is decision by discussion or deliberation. This volume is characterized by a realistic approach to the issue of deliberative democracy. Rather than assuming that deliberative democracy is always ideal, the authors critically probe its limits and weaknesses as well as its strengths.
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An Essay on Discursive Machismo
Deliberation as Discussion
Is Democracy Meaningless?
Deliberation and Constitution Making
Pathologies of Deliberation
Deliberation and Ideological Domination
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Deliberative Democracy and the Environment
Limited preview - 2003