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Administration/Discourse theories/Bohman: as Habermas puts it, administrators 'cannot avoid
appealing to normative reasons when implementing legal imperatives', so these processes must occur within procedures that pass the test of constitutional legitimacy and lead to the 'democratization of administration' (1996(1): 440) by discursive means. Similar sorts of considerations might apply to other forms of non-democratic social authority, such as
the authority of medical researchers that has been recently challenged by AIDS activists who sought
to directly influence the practice of medical experi- mentation (Epstein, 1996)(2).
VsTradition: these collaborative processes could certainly be fruitfully applied to deliberative processes within other institutions of the constitutional state, making them all potentially more 'directly deliberative' than the two-track solution to size and complexity permits (Dorf and Sabel, 1998)(3). >Institutions/Discourse theories, >Deliberative democracy/Discourse theories, >Deliberative democray.


1. Habermas, Jürgen (1996) Between Facts and Norms. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
2. Epstein, Stephen (1996) Impure Science: AIDS, Activism and the Politics of Knowledge. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
3. Dorf, Michael and Charles Sabel (1998) 'Democratic experimentalism'. Columbia University Law Review, 26: 270-472.

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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