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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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(p.233) Conclusion
Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy

Stephen Elstub

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concludes the book by accepting that there are significant barriers to a transition to deliberative and associational democracy. It notes that the arguments in the book should be seen as a series of suggestions and proposals, rather than a prediction of how democracy might develop. However, normative ideas are still important, and the book hopes that readers will find some of the suggestions for a deliberative and associational democracy compelling enough that they too might hope the changes called for here occur. The chapter maintains that all of these arguments are at their most persuasive when they are connected, that autonomy is a very important value, that deliberative democracy is a desirable method of making decisions because it enhances autonomy, and that secondary associations are unavoidable political facts which can, if structured correctly, help institutionalise deliberative democracy.

Keywords:   deliberative democracy, associational democracy, autonomy, secondary associations

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