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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 5. Democracy / b. Consultation]

Full Idea

In contemporary political philosophy the view that democracy is best seen as 'government by discussion' has gained widespread support.

Gist of Idea

Democracy as 'government by discussion' now has wide support


Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice [2009], 15 'Content')

Book Reference

Sen, Amartya: 'The Idea of Justice' [Penguin 2010], p.324

A Reaction

The obvious worry about this is inefficiency in decision-making. Also the dominance of noisy stupidity. But citizens need to feel involved, and committed to the decisions.