Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2008

Publication Source

Journal of Public Deliberation

Abstract

Some measure of equality is necessary for deliberative democracy to work well, yet empirical scholarship consistently points to the deleterious effect that hierarchy and inequalities of epistemological authority have on deliberation. This article tests whether real-world deliberative forums can overcome these challenges. Contrary to skeptics, it concludes that the act of deliberation itself and the presence of trained moderators ameliorate inequalities of epistemological authority, thus rendering deliberative democracy possible, even within hierarchical organizations.

Inclusive pages

1-37

ISBN/ISSN

1937-2841

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

Paper is made available for download in compliance with publisher policy on self-archiving and with author permission. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Deliberative Democracy Consortium

Volume

4

Issue

1

Peer Reviewed

yes