Activist Challenges to Deliberative Democracy

  title={Activist Challenges to Deliberative Democracy},
  author={Iris Marion Young},
  journal={Political Theory},
  pages={670 - 690}
  • I. Young
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Political Science
  • Political Theory
Screen and song celebrate social justice movements that protested in the streets when they were convinced that existing institutions and their normal procedures only reinforced the status quo. Many rights have been won in democratic societies by means of courageous activism — the eight hour day, votes for women, the right to sit at any lunch counter. Yet contemporary democratic theory rarely reflects on the role of demonstration and direct action. Indeed, it might be thought that one of the… 
Animal rights protest and the challenge to deliberative democracy
Abstract Political theorists are increasingly investigating the tensions between the ideal of deliberative democracy and the practices of radical political activists. This paper seeks to contribute
Rethinking the Modern Prince: Partisanship and the Democratic Ethos
This article lays out and defends the role of political parties in cultivating a democratic ethos among citizens. It argues that citizens' commitment to the democratic idea of self-rule requires
Learning in Democracy: Deliberation and Activism as Forms of Education
The press and scholars alike often bemoan the failure of civil public deliberation. Yet this insistence on civility excludes people who engage in adversarial tactics, limiting the ideas that are
Dissent, criticism, and transformative political action in deliberative democracy
Many discussions of deliberative democracy ignore or misunderstand the purposes of the ideal speech situation in Habermas’ theory. These purposes are to show the possibility of dissent in actual
Les ateliers de l'éthique New Trouble For Deliberative Democracy
In the past two decades, democratic political practice has taken a deliberative turn. That is, contemporary democratic politics has become increasingly focused on facilitating citizen participation
Introduction: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics
In the past decade, democratic theory has taken an unmistakable turn toward deliberative models of democratic legitimacy and practice. This deliberative turn is in part due to the frustrations that
Social movements and the public sphere
The democratic state is not based solely on a conception of representative democracy. As Pierre Rosanvallon (2006: 11) recently observed, ‘the history of real democracies cannot be disassociated from
Radical democracy in the Andes
After a decade in local office, are indigenous peoples' governments in the Andes fulfilling their promise to provide a more participatory, accountable, and deliberative form of democracy? Using
From deliberation to counter-narration: Toward a critical pedagogy for democratic citizenship
ABSTRACT Best practices in civic education emphasize deliberative pedagogies as one of the most powerful ways to educate enlightened democratic citizens. Yet deliberative pedagogies are rooted in a
Making The Polis: Social Forums and Democracy in The Global Justice Movement
The debate on deliberative democracy could open a fruitful perspective for research on social movement conceptions and practices of democracy. This article reports a pilot study of the values and


Inclusion and Democracy
  • I. Young
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • 2002
Introduction. Chapter 1: Democracy and Justice. Chapter 2: Inclusive Political Communication. Chapter 3: Social Difference as a Political Resource. Chapter 4: Representation and Social Perspective.
Democracy and Disagreement
Acknowledgments Introduction The Persistence of Moral Disagreement The Sense of Reciprocity The Value of Publicity The Scope of Accountability The Promise of Utilitarianism The Constitution of
On systematically distorted communication
In this, the first of two articles outlining a theory of communicative competence, the author shows how the requirements of such a theory are to be found in an analysis not of the linguistic
  • In light of the fact that Habermas has had much to contribute ocontemporary theories of ideology or distorted communication, it is surprising and disappointing that his own theory of deliberative democracy as expressed in Between Facts and Norms
  • 1996
Harvard University Press, 1996)
  • Although they certainly agree that inclusion is a criterion, they do not make this a separate principle. For reasons to do so, see I. M. Young, "Justice, Inclusion and Deliberative Democracy," in Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement, ed. Stephen Macedo
  • 1999
The Voice of the People (New Haven: Yale
  • 1995
MIT Press, 1996), esp
  • chap. 3. See also Bohman, "Distorted Communication: Formal Pragmatics as a Critical Theory," in Perspectives on Habermas, ed. L. Hahn
  • 2000
MIT Press, 1992)
  • John Dryzek's arguments about the importance of oppositional movements of civil society that stand outside the state also refer to demonstration and protest activity. See Deliberative Democracy and Beyond: Liberals, Critics, Contestations (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2000), esp. chap. 4; se
  • 1996
Essays on Democracy and Disagreement, ed
  • Stephen Macedo
  • 1999
The Voice of the People (New Haven, CT: Yale
  • 1995