`This text provides an up to date account of how things currently stand in political philosophy, and will provide an excellent introduction for students from any background. It gives a lucid and careful account of the central controversies and sites of disagreement in political theory over the last thirty years and rather than sacrifice theoretical sophistication and nuance for the sake of clarity and accessibility, it admirably achieves both' - Catriona McKinnon, University of YorkThis comprehensive textbook provides a complete and accessible introduction to the main theorists and issues in contemporary political theory today. The text is organized into two major parts. The first, Contemporary Liberal Theory, outlines four distinct liberal theories of justice to introduce the work of Rawls, Nozick, Gauthier and Dworkin. The second, Alternative Traditions, introduces the theorists and themes associated with four key areas of contemporary debate: communitarianism, multiculturalism, deliberative democracy and feminism. By giving students questions for consideration and using applied examples throughout, the text illustrates the practical relevance of contemporary theoretical debates to everyday issues in policy and politics. The result is an essential overview of all the main traditions, issues and positions in political theory today that will serve as an invaluable resource for all students of contemporary political theory, political ideas and political philosophy. Colin Farrelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory will complement Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader edited by Colin Farrelly and also published by SAGE Publications.
Chapter 7: Deliberative Democracy
- Introduction: The Importance of Democracy 137
- Moving beyond the Aggregative Model of Democracy 139
- How Substantive are the Principles of Democracy? 144
- Retaining the Critical Edge of Deliberative Democracy 148
- Critically Assessing the Ideal of Deliberative Democracy 150
Introduction: The Importance of Democracy
In the first part of this book we surveyed contemporary liberalism and the distributive paradigm. Different distributive principles are endorsed by different justice theorists (for example, the difference principle, the principle of minimax relative concession, etc.). But, as became evident in the chapter on multiculturalism, many political theorists have questioned the distributive paradigm which has dominated contemporary liberal theory. In this chapter we shall examine another theory which also questions the dominance of the distributive paradigm – deliberative democracy. Since the early 1990s the ...