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Celia Davies

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348029

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348029.001.0001

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Deliberation: towards an understanding of practice

Deliberation: towards an understanding of practice

(p.36) (p.37) Two Deliberation: towards an understanding of practice
Citizens at the centre

Celia Davies

Margaret Wetherell

Elizabeth Barnett

Policy Press

This chapter examines the debates about democratic deliberation in Great Britain and explores some of the practical questions that arise when efforts are made to put deliberation into practice. It offers a brief introduction to some key theoretical debates, discusses experiments with citizens' juries, and identifies four major sets of objections to the deliberative ideal. The chapter highlights some of the considerations that a more adequate theory of deliberation needs to address and proposes a methodology and conceptual framework for conducting ethnographic investigation of democratic deliberation. It also discusses deliberation as a discursive activity and as an emergent form of social practice.

Keywords:   democratic deliberation, Great Britain, citizens' juries, deliberative ideal, ethnographic investigation, discursive activity, social practice

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