Critics of Deliberative Democracy

In this post, I will outline the five main criticisms of deliberative democratic theory and practice. Equality does not exist. The first major criticism of deliberation is that it fails to guarantee equality for all participants. To some, deliberative democracy is considered to be anti-democratic at worst, and unequal at best. (Sanders 1997; Young 2000; Bell…

Support for Deliberative Democracy

Today’s post focuses on the arguments for Deliberative Democracy. You can scroll to the bottom to read the conclusion if you want a “Spark notes”type version. Discussion and feedback is welcome! Deliberative democracy is merit-based. Deliberation is, by design, a merit-based practice. Most often, supporters of deliberative democracy rave that forums have a “reason-giving requirement.”…