Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative democracy or discursive democracy is a form of democracy in which deliberation is central to decision making. It adopts elements of both consensus decision-making and majority rule. Deliberative democracy differs from traditional democratic theory in that authentic deliberation, not mere voting, is the primary source of legitimacy for the law.

Deliberative democracy is compatible with both representative democracy and direct democracy. Some practitioners and theorists use the term to encompass representative bodies whose members authentically deliberate on legislation without unequal distributions of power, while others use the term exclusively to refer to decision-making directly by lay citizens, as in direct democracy.

The term "deliberative democracy" was originally coined by Joseph M. Bessette in his 1980 work "Deliberative Democracy: The Majority Principle in Republican Government."

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America Speaks - Advancing The Field of Deliberative Democracy
... The Democracy Lab for Innovation and Research is AmericaSpeaks’ think tank on deliberative democracy and citizen engagement ... The Democracy Lab develops methods to advance and sustain citizen engagement in the public policy process ... AmericaSpeaks formed the Democracy Lab in order to Improve democratic processes and institutions by creating a new governance mechanism that will regularly convene diverse groups of Americans on key policy questions ...
Deliberative Democracy - Academic Contributors
... Stephen Tierney, perhaps the earliest notable example of academic interest in the deliberative aspects of democracy occurred in John Rawls 1971 work A Theory ... Bessette coined the term "deliberative democracy" in his 1980 work "Deliberative Democracy The Majority Principle in Republican Government", and went ... Others contributing to the notion of deliberative democracy include David A ...
Dennis Frank Thompson - Biography
... published in 1970, was one of the first to relate contemporary social science to theories of democracy ... His major book on deliberative democracy, Democracy and Disagreement, co-authored with Amy Gutmann, still provokes controversy, including an entire book of critics and defenders (Deliberative Politics, edited by ... Some critics object that deliberative democracy is biased in favor of political elites ...
James S. Fishkin - Publications
... Books Deliberative democracy Democracy and Deliberation New Directions for Democratic Reform (1991) The Dialogue of Justice Toward a Self-Reflective Society (1992 ...

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