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The Third Generation of Deliberative Democracy

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The article argues that deliberative democracy has now entered a third generation, to which the three recent booksconsidered here contribute. The first generation included the normative assertions of Habermas and Rawls. Thesecond generation involved the fusing of these two first generationalists, and reconciling them with features of socialcomplexity. The second generation has rendered deliberative democracy more practically achievable, and the threebooks here seize this opportunity to provide considerable institutional innovation about how to achieve thereformed deliberative theory in practice. In doing this the third generation of deliberative democracy is emerging.In the main, a more practically relevant version of deliberative democracy is welcomed, but we must also guardagainst jettisoning its normative ideals in the process.

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Author(s): Elstub S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Political Studies Review

Year: 2010

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 291-307

Print publication date: 01/09/2010

Online publication date: 08/06/2010

Date deposited: 02/03/2016

ISSN (print): 1478-9299

ISSN (electronic): 1478-9302

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-9302.2010.00216.x


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