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When the People SpeakDeliberative Democracy and Public Consultation$
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James S. Fishkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199604432.001.0001

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Democratic Aspirations

Democratic Aspirations

(p.1) 1 Democratic Aspirations
When the People Speak

James S. Fishkin

Oxford University Press

This chapter first sets out the book's main topic which is deliberative democracy and how to include everyone under conditions where they are effectively motivated to really think about the issues. The book looks at the problem of how to fulfil two fundamental values — political equality and deliberation. It then outlines the reasons why is it difficult to achieve both political equality and deliberation. It considers the renewed interest in random sampling and deliberation; situates this combination in the range of possible strategies for public consultation; and clarifies the values and democratic theories at issue in these different practices.

Keywords:   deliberative democracy, political equality, deliberation, public consultation, random sampling

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