Deliberative Democracy and Beyond: Liberals, Critics, Contestations

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byJohn S. Dryzek

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The past few years have seen a remarkable ferment in the theory of democracy. Deliberative Democracy and Beyond is a critical tour through recent democratic theory by one of the leading political theorist in the field. It examines the deliberative turn in democratic theory, which argued thatthe essence of democratic legitimacy is to be found in authentic deliberations on the part of those affected by a collective decision. The deliberative turn began as a challenge to established institutions and models of democracy, but it has now been largely assimilated by these same institutions and models. Drawing a distinction between liberal constitutionalist deliberative democracy and discursive democracy, the authorcriticizes the former and advocates the latter. He argues that a defensible theory of democracy should be critical of established power, pluralistic, reflexive in its questioning orientation to established traditions, transnational in its capacity to extend across state boundaries, ecological, anddynamic in its openness to ever-changing constraints upon and opportunities for democratization. Dryzek's reinvigorated approach enables deliberative democracy to respond more effectively to the criticisms that have been leveled against it. Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in contemporary political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy, and also work in applied political theory. The series will contain works of outstanding quality with no restrictions asto approach subject matter.Series Editors: Will Kymlicka, David Miller, and Alan Ryan

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The past few years have seen a remarkable ferment in the theory of democracy. Deliberative Democracy and Beyond is a critical tour through recent democratic theory by one of the leading political theorist in the field. It examines the deliberative turn in democratic theory, which argued thatthe essence of democratic legitimacy is to be...

John S. Dryzek is a Professor in the Social and Political Theory Program in the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019925043X

ISBN - 13:9780199250431

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Introduction: The Deliberative Turn in Democratic TheoryLiberal Democracy and the Critical AlternativeMinimal Democracy? The Social Choice CritiqueDifference Democracy: The Consciousness-Raising Group Against the Gentlemen's ClubInsurgent Democracy: Civil Society and StateTransnational Democracy: Beyond the Cosmopolitan ModelGreen DemocracyDiscursive Democracy in a Reflexive Modernity

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`Dryzek has convincingly argued the case for a more critical, insurgent, pluralistic, reflexive, transnational, ecological and dynamic discursive democracy. More than this, he has carved out an adventurous, distinctive path through much familiar terrain.'POLITICAL QUARTERLY