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Andrea Felicetti

This article analyzes contemporary democracies from a deliberative democratic standpoint and focuses on the connection between public and empowered spaces. The idea of deliberative systems and the concept of “transmission” are introduced to discuss the ways in which the public is able to affect the empowered spaces. While elections perform important democratic functions, alone they cannot provide a good quality means for connecting deliberation in the public to that of actors in the empowered space. The problem with transmission is exacerbated to the extent that alternative forms of participation are neglected. The limited ability of the public to affect the empowered space in deliberative and democratic ways contributes to the crisis of democratic systems. One solution to this problem is to acknowledge the role of citizens' deliberation. The article argues for the systematic introduction of spaces for citizens' deliberation that would parallel existing decision-making.

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Systematizing Democratic Systems Approaches

Seven Conceptual Building Blocks

Rikki Dean, Jonathan Rinne, and Brigitte Geissel

primarily focused upon how systems stabilize and functionally reproduce themselves ( Luhmann 1995 ; Parsons 1937 , 1991 ), deliberative systems theory imagines how the interconnected, interacting parts realize a set of functions informed by deliberative

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Deliberation and Courts

The Role of the Judiciary in a Deliberative System

Donald Bello Hutt

, notwithstanding the fact that deliberative systems provide room for the judiciary, that room is not enough as to grant courts the final word in the determination of constitutional meaning. We lack analyses of the judiciary after the systemic turn in deliberative

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Daniele Santoro and Joseph Lacey

Alessandro Ferrara, The Democratic Horizon: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 251 pp., ISBN: 9781107035515

Jane Mansbridge and John Parkinson, eds., Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 204 pp., ISBN: 9781107678910

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Stephen Elstub and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Editors' introduction to the interview: Stephen Elstub articulates that deliberative democracy, as a theory, can be seen as having gone through various distinct generations. The first generation was a period where the normative values and the justifications for deliberative democracy were set out. This prompted criticism from difference democrats who saw the exclusion of other forms of communication by the reification of reason in deliberation as a serious shortcoming of the theory. This in part prompted the growth of the second generation of deliberative democracy, which began to focus more on the theory's operability. These theorizations, from the mostly 1990s and early 2000s, have led to the third generation of the theory—one embodied by the empirical turn. Elstub uses this genealogy as a foundation from which to argue that the current focus of deliberative democracy is on implementing deliberative systems rather than only deliberative institutions and this could potentially represent a fourth generation of deliberative democracy.

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The Deliberative Potential of Facultative Referendums

Procedure and Substance in Direct Democracy

Alice el-Wakil

- or low deliberative character and proposes to include them in deliberative systems as “necessary evils,” which can trigger quality deliberations in other parts of the system or link micro- and macrolevel deliberative spaces (see, e.g., Curato and

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Deliberative Democracy

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

Selen A. Ercan and André Bächtiger

sketch out first ideas in our book. And we have a lot to say on how we should evaluate the quality of deliberative systems… Ercan: Thank you for these valuable insights on both books. They both seem to advance and celebrate the field of deliberative

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Sectarianism and Recognition in Iraq

From Consociationalism to Deliberation?

Nicolas Pirsoul

, again, trying to avoid a polarization effect). This multiplicity of deliberative spaces would create a deliberative system ( Mansbridge et al. 2012 ) that could generate a structure of checks and balances between the several layers of deliberation and

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Dannica Fleuß and Gary S. Schaal

(2) even scholars applying integrated empirical and theoretical analyses – for example, in researching and evaluating democratic innovations or deliberative systems – rarely provide systematic reflections about the methodological requirements of

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Spencer McKay

– 350 . doi: 10.1007/s003550050109 . 10.1007/s003550050109 Parkinson , John . 2020 . “ The Roles of Referendums in Deliberative Systems .” Representation 56 ( 4 ): 485 – 500 . doi: 10.1080/00344893.2020.1718195 . 10