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Deliberative Democracy

Issues and Cases

Edited by Stephen Elstub, Peter McLaverty

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Addresses the problems with deliberative democracy – and potential solutions – in the context of empirical evidence

Deliberative Democracy is the darling of democratic theory and political theory more generally, and generates international interest. In this book a number of leading democratic theorists address the key issues that surround the theory and practice of deliberative democracy. The problems faced by deliberative democracy are outlined in the context of the available empirical evidence, solutions are surveyed, and new and innovative ideas are proposed to resolve these issues.

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Details of the Editors and the Contributors
Introduction: Issues and Cases in Deliberative Democracy, Stephen Elstub and Peter McLaverty
1.Conflict and Deliberative Democracy, Georgina Blakeley
2. Inequality and Deliberative Democracy, Peter McLaverty
3. Expertise and Deliberative Democracy, Mark Brown
4. Interest, Public Policy and Deliberation, Darren R. Halpin and Juraj Cintula
5. Pluralism and Deliberative Democracy, Manlio Cinalli and Ian O’Flynn
6. Citizen Competence and the Psychology of Deliberation, Shawn W. Rosenberg
7. ‘Scaling Up’ Deliberation, André Bächtiger and Alda Wegmann
8. Deliberative Democracy and Public Openness, Jürg Steiner
9. The Public Sphere as a Site of Deliberation: An analysis of Problems of Inclusion, Maija Setälä
10. Mini-publics: Issues and Cases, Stephen Elstub, Conclusion: The Future of Deliberative Democracy, Stephen Elstub and Peter McLaverty

About the Author

Stephen Elstub is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of Scotland.

Peter McLaverty is a Reader in Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University. He is author of The Politics of Empowerment? (Dartmouth Publishing Co., 1996) and editor of Public Participation and Innovations in Community Governance (Ashgate, 2002).


This volume provides a comprehensive, structured and insightful discussion of the key issues and challenges facing deliberative democracy as it enters its third generation and is to be welcomed as a significant contribution to the literature in this field.

- Clodagh Harris, University College Cork, ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs

Deliberative democracy goes from strength to strength in the theory, practice, and analysis of politics. One sign of its success is the number of controversies that surround it. Deliberative Democracy: Issues and Cases is an excellent and essential guide to key contemporary controversies in the field engaged by some of its best scholars.

- John Dryzek, Australian National University

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