Power in Deliberative Democracy

Norms, Forums, Systems

  • Nicole Curato
  • Marit Hammond
  • John B. Min

Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Nicole Curato, Marit Hammond, John B. Min
    Pages 1-24
  3. Nicole Curato, Marit Hammond, John B. Min
    Pages 25-59
  4. Nicole Curato, Marit Hammond, John B. Min
    Pages 61-93
  5. Nicole Curato, Marit Hammond, John B. Min
    Pages 95-136
  6. Nicole Curato, Marit Hammond, John B. Min
    Pages 137-172
  7. Nicole Curato, Marit Hammond, John B. Min
    Pages 173-183
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 185-190

About this book


Deliberative democracy is an embattled political project. It is accused of political naiveté for it only talks about power without taking power. Others, meanwhile, take issue with deliberative democracy’s dominance in the field of democratic theory and practice. An industry of consultants, facilitators, and experts of deliberative forums has grown over the past decades, suggesting that the field has benefited from a broken political system.

This book is inspired by these accusations. It argues that deliberative democracy’s tense relationship with power is not a pathology but constitutive of deliberative practice. Deliberative democracy gains relevance when it navigates complex relations of power in modern societies, learns from its mistakes, remains epistemically humble but not politically meek.  These arguments are situated in three facets of deliberative democracy—norms, forums, and systems—and concludes by applying these ideas to three of the most pressing issues in contemporary times—post-truth politics, populism, and illiberalism.


Democratic Theory Political power Citizen engagement deliberative democracy Deliberation democratic innovations Jane Mansbridge deliberative systems deliberative practice classical deliberative theory coercive power ambivalence argument

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicole Curato
    • 1
  • Marit Hammond
    • 2
  • John B. Min
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global GovernanceUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and EnvironmentKeele UniversityKeeleUK
  3. 3.Department of Social Sciences – Philosophy ProgramCollege of Southern NevadaNorth Las Vegas, NVUSA

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