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Robert Hoppe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429629

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.001.0001

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The plural democracies of problems: a meta-theory

The plural democracies of problems: a meta-theory

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The governance of problems

Robert Hoppe

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the macro-level question of how to move the political system as a whole towards a more reflexive level of the governance of problems. It exploits and elaborates the notion of the intelligence of democracy by showing how each of the problem structures has selective affinities with different, but standard, theories of political democracy: Schumpeterian procedural democracy, liberal-pluralist democracy, accommodationist elite-cartel democracy, and deliberative and/or participatory democracy. The day-by-day practice of democracy requires people to tinker with different modes of democratic governance to successfully deal with different problem structures.

Keywords:   political system, political democracy, procedural democracy, liberal-pluralist democracy, democratic governance

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