Curato, N and Böker, M (2015) Linking Mini-Publics to the Deliberative System: A Research Agenda. Policy Sciences, 49 (2). pp. 173-190. ISSN 1573-0891

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Abstract

The systemic turn in deliberative democratic theory has shifted the focus away from seeking to design separate, internally deliberative ‘mini-publics’ and towards a new appreciation of their external, systemic quality. Yet, so far, such accounts have not gone beyond recognising a potential for mini-publics to contribute to deliberative systems. In this paper, we argue that a systemic conceptualisation of mini-publics must recognise their fundamentally ambivalent character: Since mini-publics have the potential both to foster and to undermine systemic deliberation, it is insufficient to celebrate their positive potential alone, and vital to develop frameworks that allow for a critical evaluation of mini-publics’ systemic role. To this end, we propose a framework based on the systemic qualities of deliberation-making, legitimacy-seeking and capacity-building, and conclude that key to mini-publics’ quality, when judged against these criteria, is not just their own features, but the degree of ‘co-development’ of all system components.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Springer at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-015-9238-5 Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: deliberative democracy, mini-publics, deliberative system
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 15:20
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1663

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