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New Article Asks "Does Deliberative Democracy Work?"

In his recent work, “Does Deliberative Democracy Work” (Annual Review of Political Science; Volume 8, 2005: pp. 49-71) professor David Ryfe argues that the growing literature on deliberative democratic practice finds that deliberation is a difficult and relatively rare form of communication. Many of the obstacles to deliberative democracy raise questions about key theoretical constructs closely associated with deliberative democratic theory, including equality, legitimacy, autonomy, and reason. The author concludes by suggesting that deliberative practitioners, empirical scholars, and theorists might gain from greater interaction. Access the paper online at Annual Review Journals.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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