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Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

Stephen Elstub


In an era where citizens of liberal democracies are becoming increasingly disillusioned, dissatisfied and disenfranchised by the dominant political institutions and decision-making processes in these polities, new ideas of how to deepen democracy, re-engage citizens and enhance decision-making legitimacy are required. This book suggests that a combination of deliberative democracy and associational democracy is both a normatively desirable and an empirically plausible solution to the complex problems present in contemporary societies – as well as being compatible with many recent trends in gov ... More

Keywords: liberal democracies, decision-making legitimacy, institutional requirements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627394
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Elstub, author