Chapter 14. Reflections on Deliberative Democracy

  1. Thomas Christiano Professor fellow visiting fellow2 and
  2. John Christman Associate Professor3
  1. Joshua Cohen professor

Published Online: 27 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310399.ch14

Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy

Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy

How to Cite

Cohen, J. (2009) Reflections on Deliberative Democracy, in Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy (eds T. Christiano and J. Christman), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310399.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Arizona, USA

  2. 3

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

Author Information

  1. Stanford University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405133210

Online ISBN: 9781444310399



  • reflections on deliberative democracy;
  • reasons for deliberative democracy;
  • deliberative interpretation of collective decisions - in terms of idea of self-government;
  • skepticism about deliberation;
  • deliberative democracy - normative model of collective decision-making, not a universal political strategy;
  • tensions between participation and deliberation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Deliberation

  • Reasons for Deliberative Democracy

  • Skepticism About Deliberation

  • Some Tensions Between Participation and Deliberation

  • And So?

  • Final Reflections

  • Notes