Innovating Democracy: Democratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn by Robert E. Goodin

Innovating Democracy: Democratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn

byRobert E. Goodin

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In recent years democratic theory has taken a deliberative turn. Instead of merely casting the occasional ballot, deliberative democrats want citizens to reason together. They embrace 'talk as a decision procedure'. But of course thousands or millions of people cannot realistically talk to oneanother all at once. When putting their theories into practice, deliberative democrats therefore tend to focus on 'mini-publics', usually of a couple dozen to a couple hundred people. The central question then is how to connect micro-deliberations in mini-publics to the political decision-makingprocesses of the larger society.In Innovating Democracy, Robert Goodin surveys these new deliberative mechanisms, asking how they work and what we can properly expect of them. Much though they have to offer, they cannot deliver all that deliberative democrats hope. Talk, Goodin concludes, is good as a discovery procedure but notas a decision procedure. His slogan is, 'First talk, then vote'. Micro-deliberative mechanisms should supplement, not supplant, representative democracy. Goodin goes on to show how to adapt our thinking about those familiar institutions to take full advantage of deliberative inputs. That involvesrethinking who should get a say, how we hold people accountable, how we sequence deliberative moments and what the roles of parties and legislatures can be in that. Revisioning macro-democratic processes in light of the processes and promise of micro-deliberation, Innovating Democracy provides anintegrated perspective on democratic theory and practice after the deliberative turn.

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Robert Goodin has previously taught in the Government Department at the University of Essex. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and general editor of the series Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. His work straddles democratic theory (Reflective Democracy, OUP...
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Title:Innovating Democracy: Democratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative TurnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionMicro-deliberation2. Making Use of Mini-publics3. When Does Deliberation Begin?4. Talking Politics: Perils and Promises5. How Talk Informs6. First Talk, Then VoteMacro-democracy7. Who Counts?8. Modes of Democratic Accountability9. Sequencing Deliberative Moments10. The Place of Parties11. Democratic Mandates12. Representing Diversity13. Conclusion