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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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Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

Stephen Elstub

Edinburgh University Press

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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