Between Decision and Deliberation: Political Paradox in Democratic Theory

@article{Honig2007BetweenDA,
  title={Between Decision and Deliberation: Political Paradox in Democratic Theory},
  author={Bonnie Honig},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={101},
  pages={1 - 17}
}
  • B. Honig
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Deliberative democratic theorists (in this essay, Seyla Benhabib and Jurgen Habermas) seek to resolve, manage, or transcend paradoxes of democratic legitimation or constitutional democracy. Other democratic theorists, such as Chantal Mouffe, embrace such paradoxes and affirm their irreducibility. Deliberativists call that position “decisionism.” This essay examines the promise and limits of these various efforts by way of a third paradox: Rousseau's paradox of politics, whose many workings are… Expand
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