Simon Niemeyer is an Australian Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, where he is also a member of the Deliberative Democracy Research Group. His main current research focus concerns the micro-politics of deliberation and the application of empirical methods for understanding deliberative democracy in action. He has also conducted research in to environmental administration, nvironmental conomics and ublic responses to limate hange.
The Ends of Deliberation: Meta-consensus and Inter-subjective Rationality as Ideal Outcomes
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
2007 The Swiss Political Science Review
Swiss Political Science Review
Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 497–526, Winter 2007
How to Cite
Niemeyer, S. and Dryzek, J. S. (2007), The Ends of Deliberation: Meta-consensus and Inter-subjective Rationality as Ideal Outcomes. Swiss Political Science Review, 13: 497–526. doi: 10.1002/j.1662-6370.2007.tb00087.x
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
- Inter-subjective Rationality;
- Deliberative Democracy;
- Deliberative Outcomes
Normative deliberative theory has contributed much to an understanding of ideal procedural standards, but there is considerable uncertainty regarding the appropriate nature of desired deliberative outcomes. In this paper we identify two inter-related concepts of meta-consensus and inter-subjective rationality as outcomes that an authentic deliberative process ought to produce. Importantly, these deliberative ends are consistent with ideal deliberative procedure. They are also empirically tractable, where preference transformation can be described in terms of underlying values, and judgments. Methods for assessing deliberative ends are provided and demonstrated using a case study.