‘Deliberative democracy and the challenge of power’

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‘Deliberative democracy and the challenge of power’

Type: Master thesis
Title: ‘Deliberative democracy and the challenge of power’
Author: Cooper, Lewis
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: democracy
democratic theory
deliberative democracy
Abstract: This thesis asks whether power inequities in the real-world entail that deliberative democracy cannot serve as a non-ideal theory, and instead is purely of limited value as an ideal theory with which to critique current practices. I argue that fundamentally there is no position free from power inequities from which we can develop a deliberative theoretical framework - nor through which we can apply such a framework in real-world conditions. Practically, this means that deliberative democracy could only ever be an imperfect model for challenging these same power inequities, and moreover that it will perpetually run the risk of reaffirming power inequities. However, principles internal to deliberative democracy – the principles of fallibility and fidelity – provide exactly the tools required for embracing this fundamental challenge which deliberative democracy faces. Through confrontation with the challenge of power, I shall therefore draw out a key strength of this theoretical approach.
Supervisor: Fossen, Thomas
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Politics and Ethics
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52355

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