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.
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