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Deliberative Agonism and Agonistic Deliberation in Hannah Arendt

Giuseppe Ballacci

are only two sides of the same effort to endow the world with meaning ( Lederman 2014: 333–335 ). Lederman is right, I think, to reject the dichotomical reading of Arendt according to the division agonism/deliberation. But he is not alone in such

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Dethroning Deliberation

A Response to Caspary

Jeff Jackson

view I do not think we should necessarily hold to nor do I think Dewey holds. I will conclude by clarifying that my argument does not claim that deliberation is to be forbidden so long as structural inequality exists but that deliberation does have

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Deliberation, Domination and Decision-making

Judith Squires

Feminist critiques of deliberative democracy have focused on the abstraction, impartiality and rationality of mainstream accounts of deliberation. This paper explores the claim, common to many of these critiques, that these features are problematic because they are gendered, and that a more women-friendly account of democracy would embrace corporeality, contextuality and the affective. While acknowledging the merit of such a claim, the paper nonetheless suggests that the pursuit of social justice and democratic inclusion actually leads many feminists to embrace a modified account of deliberative democracy, albeit in a modified account form. This can be explained by the dialogical conception of impartiality offered by theories of deliberative democracy. The paper suggests that the embrace of deliberative democracy by feminist theorists is a positive move, to be more widely acknowledged. Moreover, once acknowledged, feminists have much to offer deliberative democrats in terms of considering what the pursuit of dialogic impartiality might entail. If conceived as demanding both a 'lack of bias' and 'inclusivity', attention needs to be focused squarely on the issue of inclusion, and the institutional and material conditions for securing inclusion in deliberation.

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Deliberative Democracy

Taking Stock and Looking Ahead - Selen A. Ercan with André Bächtiger

Selen A. Ercan and André Bächtiger

of democracy, such as deliberation or voting. Voting, for instance, is a very valuable democratic practice when it comes to collective decision-making, but it may be less valuable when it comes to collective will-formation (since it provides a low

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What Can a Political Form of Reconciliation Look Like in Divided Societies?

The Deliberative “Right to Justification” and Agonistic Democracy

Burcu Özçelik

-standing assumption that deliberation, in some form, enhances democracy is being interrogated by recent theoretical scholarship, which critically contemplates the nature of the relationship between democracy and deliberation ( Scudder 2021 ). A related assumption in

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Televised Election Debates in a Deliberative System

The Role of Framing and Emotions

Emma Turkenburg

elaborate on how previous scholars have used a deliberative lens to consider the potential of TEDs to spur reflective reasoning and “deliberation within.” Following this deliberative approach to TEDs, I closely examine two rhetorical devices in televised

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Contestation at a South African University through the Lens of Democratic Theory

Five Exercises

Daryl Glaser

value dimension. These values are: representation, directness, participation, equality, pluralism, and deliberation. Each of these value dimensions can be seen as capturing a meaning of democracy qua popular rule; the capacity of the ‘people’ to have

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Does “Social” Mean “Public”?

The Cognitive, Collaboration, and Communication Functions of Using Facebook in Local Protest against Shale Gas Extraction: The Case of Żurawlów

Wit Hubert and Aleksandra Wagner

voice in important issues (lack of censorship and smaller number of gatekeepers), yet on the other hand, its significance for deliberation is criticized. This criticism concerns the lack of representativeness of the voices that appear in this space

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Critical Pragmatism and Deliberative Democracy

Alison Kadlec

In this article I argue for a model of Deweyan 'critical pragmatism' as a therapeutic alternative to traditional models of deliberative democracy that have been crippled by their inheritance of the threadbare liberal/communitarian debate. By orienting my discussion here with respect to the most serious radical democratic challenges to deliberative democracy, I hope to show how Deweyan critical pragmatism may help us develop new approaches to the theory and practice of deliberation that are both more attuned to power relations than traditional models and make more inventive use of everyday life to pursue more meaningful deliberative opportunities for citizens.

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Participation without Deliberation

The Crisis of Venezuelan Democracy

Nicole Curato

The legacy of Hugo Chavez is contentious. Some lament the deterioration of Venezuelan democracy from one of Latin America's most stable political systems to a populist authoritarian regime. Others celebrate Chavez's participatory project of institutionalizing structures for community-driven development, redistributing oil wealth through welfare policies, and creating a political party closely linked to mass movements. This article provides an alternative assessment of Venezuela's democratic quality by drawing on deliberative democratic theory. I argue that Chavez's participatory project is incomplete because it fails to create structures for deliberative politics. Without these mechanisms, Venezuela remains vulnerable to crises brought about by “uncivil action,” such as military coups and violent protests, making deliberation an important component in averting crises in democratizing polities.