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Gaus I 159
Democracy/ Discourse Theories/Bohman: Any discursive account of democracy is not merely
an account of democratic discourse, however idealized it may be. Rather, it must itself be a complete account of democracy, in the sense of offering a reconstruction of its usual elements while giving them novel interpretations. >Discourse theory/Bohman, >Discourse/Habermas, >Discourse/Foucault, >Discourse/Bourdieu.
Deliberative democracy: [the] discursive component defines what deliberation is to be; for example, 'reasoned argumentation' , or discussion guided only by 'the force of the
better argument', where decision making must be based on reasons that 'all may accept as free and equal citizens'. >Democracy/Dewey.
Institutions/democracy/communication/Bohman: Discourse theory has a properly constructive role in providing the basis for various forms of institutions designed with the aim of creating opportunities for wide and effective participation in discursive processes of public discussion, deliberation and argumentation. Constitutions are in part discursively designed, so as to establish not only the separation of powers and thus discursive competence, but also a division of labour in communication and deliberation. ([See] Bessette 1994)(1). >Deliberative democracy/Discourse theories, >Institutions/Discourse theories.


1. Bessette, Joseph (1994) The Mild Voice of Reason. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bohman, James 2004. „Discourse Theory“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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Discourse Theories
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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