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Linking Micro Deliberative Democracy and Decision-Making: Trade Offs in Theory and Practice in a Partisan Citizen Forum

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen ElstubORCiD



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The paper argues that decision-making is central to deliberative democracy, especially in its microinstitutional form. However, distinct trade-offs between theory and practice are required to ensurethat this link is present. These trade-offs also vary depending on whether the forums are based onsortition or partisanship. The paper locates the trade-offs at the various decision-making stagesbetween theory and practice in a partisan citizen forum in the Peak District in the UK.

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Author(s): Elstub S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Representation

Year: 2010

Volume: 46

Issue: 3

Pages: 309-324

Online publication date: 17/09/2010

Date deposited: 02/03/2016

ISSN (print): 0034-4893

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4001

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2010.499699


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