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Democratic Deliberation in the Modern World: The Systemic Turn
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)In: Critical review (New York, N.Y.), ISSN 0891-3811, E-ISSN 1933-8007, Vol. 27, no 1, 49-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The normative ideals and feasibility of deliberative democracy have come under attack from several directions, as exemplified by a recent book version of a special issue of this journal. Critics have pointed out that the complexity of the modern world, voter ignorance, partisanship, apathy, and the esoteric nature of political communications make it unlikely that deliberation will be successful at creating good outcomes, and that it may in fact be counterproductive since it can polarize opinions. However, these criticisms were aimed at micro theories of deliberative democracy. The new systemic turn in deliberative democracy avoids these problems by positing a system-wide division of labor in a nation-state: experts and ordinary citizens check each other's opinions; partisanship and even ignorance can spur deliberation among citizens; and citizens may remain apathetic about some issues but deliberate about others. So long as the overall level of systemic deliberation increases, instead of decreases, the ideal of deliberation is still relevant in a society as complex as ours.

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2015. Vol. 27, no 1, 49-63 p.
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Simone Chambers, deliberative systems, institutional design, Jane Mansbridge, citizen ignorance, deliberative democracy, John Dryzek, epistemic Democracy
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114361DOI: 10.1080/08913811.2014.993891ISI: 000349013400003OAI: diva2:793653


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