Summer 2017

Can Democracy be Deliberative & Participatory? The Democratic Case for Political Uses of Mini-Publics

Author
Cristina Lafont
Abstract
Against recent proposals to insert deliberative mini-publics into political decision-making processes, such as through citizens’ juries, Deliberative Polls, and citizens’ assemblies, Cristina Lafont argues that deliberative mechanisms could diminish the democratic legitimacy of the political system as a whole. But she does propose several uses of mini-publics that could enhance the democratic legitimacy of political decision-making in current societies.
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