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The upsizing of public deliberation has downsized citizen expectations

Lee, Caroline W. (2016) The upsizing of public deliberation has downsized citizen expectations. Democratic Audit UK (15 Jan 2016). Website.

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Citizens are increasingly being asked to weigh in on decision-making processes, creating a strong sense they are being consulted over big decisions. But Caroline W. Lee argues that although public deliberation has indeed shifted political culture in meaningful ways, its long-term effects are more demobilising than liberating. She writes that if empowerment is just about allowing people to make hard choices, without giving them a say in the issues that have precipitated those choices, it is questionable as to whether democracy is being effectively “deepened”.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 23:24

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