How Can Deliberative Democracy Get a Grip?
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012
© The Author 2012. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2012
The Political Quarterly
Volume 83, Issue 4, pages 806–811, October-December 2012
How to Cite
GOODIN, R. E. (2012), How Can Deliberative Democracy Get a Grip?. The Political Quarterly, 83: 806–811. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2012.02356.x
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 5 NOV 2012
- deliberative democracy;
- citizens’ juries;
- jus cogens
One of the most exciting innovations within ‘practical democratic theory’ in recent years has been the emergence of deliberative democracy, as a theoretically refined ideal with by now some well-honed mechanisms for its implementation on a small scale. Its greatest remaining challenge is to figure out some way to connect those highly controlled, small-scale deliberative exercises to the ‘main game’, politically. I sketch some limited and indirect ways in which that might happen in national politics, before going on to propose a more novel way in which such deliberative events might be used literally to make international law of a certain sort.