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Deliberating in the Real WorldProblems of Legitimacy in Deliberative Democracy$
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John Parkinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019929111X.001.0001

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Legitimacy reconsidered: theoretical solutions

Legitimacy reconsidered: theoretical solutions

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(p.21) 2 Legitimacy reconsidered: theoretical solutions
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Deliberating in the Real World
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John Parkinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019929111X.003.0002

This chapter discusses the concept of legitimacy, distinguishing between procedural and substantive legitimacy. Theoretical solutions to the scale and motivations problems are surveyed, drawing out three key ideas to explore further: representation, publicity, and rationality. It shows how some of the solutions to the motivations problem undermine solutions to the scale problem, and suggests that thinking in terms of a ‘deliberative system’ might help resolve the tensions before sketching the principles of what a legitimate deliberative democracy might look like.

Keywords:   legitimacy, deliberative democracy, procedural vs. substantive, scale, motivations, deliberative system, representation

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