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Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy$
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Stephen Elstub

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627394

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627394.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy
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Stephen Elstub

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627394.003.0001

This chapter presents the argument that, in order to help solve the legitimacy problems faced by modern democracies, we should move towards a deliberative and associational democracy. There are three dimensions through which democracy can be deepened. The first is the expansion of the franchise, which means more people participate in collective decisions; the second is scope, which means more issues and topics are opened to democratic decision making; and the third is ‘authenticity of control’, which requires the effective participation of autonomous and competent actors.

Keywords:   authenticity of control, associational democracy, legitimacy problems, modern democracy, collective decisions

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