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Madisonian Representation and Deliberation

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The recent deliberative turn in democratic theory raises questions not only of conceptualization, but also of institutionalization: can deliberative democracy actually gain institutional life? One particularly important aspect of this question is: can the institutions of liberal democracy (specifically the core institutions of representation and the Constitution) be brought into line with deliberative theory?
A specifically liberal form of deliberative democracy secures the way for a shift from passive consent to active participation of citizens; deliberating citizens can be trusted to evaluate and reject their own unjust or ill-informed preferences, or else the process of deliberation can be trusted to expose and shut out such preferences. Deliberative democracy, I argue, provides a fundamentally different answer to the problem of tyranny (and ignorance) of the majority - all of the necessary safeguard checks and balances are provided by the deliberation procedure, and so by the judgment of citizen's themselves, rather than by the external political or legal order. In turn deliberative democracy is able to cast popular sovereignty as essentially authentic rather than as merely symbolic - as active participation, not passive consent.

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Bilakovics, Steven. "Madisonian Representation and Deliberation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug 28, 2002 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p65071_index.html>

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Bilakovics, S. , 2002-08-28 "Madisonian Representation and Deliberation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p65071_index.html

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Abstract: The recent deliberative turn in democratic theory raises questions not only of conceptualization, but also of institutionalization: can deliberative democracy actually gain institutional life? One particularly important aspect of this question is: can the institutions of liberal democracy (specifically the core institutions of representation and the Constitution) be brought into line with deliberative theory?
A specifically liberal form of deliberative democracy secures the way for a shift from passive consent to active participation of citizens; deliberating citizens can be trusted to evaluate and reject their own unjust or ill-informed preferences, or else the process of deliberation can be trusted to expose and shut out such preferences. Deliberative democracy, I argue, provides a fundamentally different answer to the problem of tyranny (and ignorance) of the majority - all of the necessary safeguard checks and balances are provided by the deliberation procedure, and so by the judgment of citizen's themselves, rather than by the external political or legal order. In turn deliberative democracy is able to cast popular sovereignty as essentially authentic rather than as merely symbolic - as active participation, not passive consent.

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