Recommend to your Librarian

Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies

Ian O'Flynn

eBook (PDF) i

Shows how deliberative democracy has crucial, untapped opportunities for societies divided along ethnic lines

Show more


Chapter One, Locating the Discussion
Chapter Two, Division, Democracy and Deliberation
Chapter Three, Deliberating National Identities
Chapter Four, The Requirement of Reciprocity
Chapter Five, The Requirement of Publicity
Chapter Six, Dilemmas of Exclusion
Chapter Seven, Civil Society and Political Institutions.

About the Author

Ian O'Flynn is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Newcastle. He is co-editor (with David Russell) of Power Sharing: New Challenges for Divided Societies (Pluto Press, 2005).


This is a lucid discussion of the central values of deliberative democracy that thoughtfully brings those values to bear on the hard cases of divided societies.
- Professor Albert Weale, University of Essex
O’Flynn combines normative political philosophy and empirical comparative politics to ask a crucial question: how can the accommodation of difference be reconciled with the construction of an overarching identity? This is a clearly-written book on a vitally important topic and a surprisingly original account.
- John McGarry, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada