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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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A Dualist Model of Deliberative and Associational Democracy

A Dualist Model of Deliberative and Associational Democracy

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(p.137) 4 A Dualist Model of Deliberative and Associational Democracy
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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/9780748627394.003.0005

This chapter specifically outlines how deliberative opinion formation in civil society can be combined with democratic decision making in legislative forums, and advocates a dualist strategy for associations, with the informal public sphere as the first strand. It focuses on a wide variety of networks and their potential to mould public opinion and set the agenda through fostering deliberative communication between one association and another, and between all associations and the state. Mediating forums organised by quangos, with devolved powers, where representatives from associations would gather to make decisions based on the norms of deliberative democracy, provide the second strand. The discussion accepts, however, that this is dependent upon the state devolving territorial and functional powers to these forums, and further highlights how such a system would fit in with, and yet fundamentally change, current liberal democratic institutions.

Keywords:   deliberative opinion formation, civil society, deliberative communication, liberal democratic institutions

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