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Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies
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Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies

Ian O'Flynn


In a world where the impact of internal conflicts is spreading ever wider, there is a real need to rethink how democratic ideals and institutions can best be implemented. This book responds to this challenge by showing that deliberative democracy has crucial, but largely untapped, normative implications for societies deeply divided along ethnic lines. Its central claim is that deliberative norms and procedures can enable the citizens of such societies to build and sustain a stronger sense of common national identity. More specifically, the book argues that the deliberative requirements of reci ... More

Keywords: internal conflicts, deliberative democracy, citizens, societies, national identity, reciprocity, publicity, representatives, ethnic identities, civic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621446
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian O'Flynn, author