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Jeffrey D. Hilmer and Max Halupka

democratic aspiration or consigning democracy to the status of a remote ideal (51).” While perhaps unfair to pragmatic off shoots including James Fishkin’s “deliberative polling,” Medearis’s critique is trenchant. Chapters 2 and 3 elaborate contemporary

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Leif Lewin

. 2001 . “ Understanding Polling Methodology. ” Isuma , September . Mill , John Stuart . [ 1861 ] 1977 . Considerations on Representative Government . Ed. J. M. Robson . Toronto and Buffalo : University of Toronto Press . Moravcsik , Andrew

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Filimon Peonidis

for meaningful and substantive intervention, apart from visiting the polling station every four or five years. I have stressed elsewhere the significance of citizen assemblies, legislative initiatives, recall of officials through popular vote, and a

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Participatory Democracy in Unlikely Places

What Democratic Theorists Can Learn from Democratic Professionals

Selen A. Ercan’s and Albert W. Dzur

avoid concrete problems plaguing contemporary publics. In deliberative polling, for example, you swoop in, do the deliberative poll, and then you swoop out leaving just the same amount of distrust, just the same amount of civic lethargy as when you