The Politics of Inclusive Agreements: Towards a Critical Discourse Theory of Democracy

@article{ONeill2000ThePO,
  title={The Politics of Inclusive Agreements: Towards a Critical Discourse Theory of Democracy},
  author={Shane O’Neill},
  journal={Political Studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={48},
  pages={503 - 521}
}
This article offers a critical assessment of Jürgen Habermas's discourse theory of democracy. It suggests that the main thrust of a discursive account of legitimacy is the attempt to show how the demands of maximal democratic inclusion might be reconciled with a politics of reasoned agreements. While this aim is endorsed, the thrust of the argument is that a critical theory of democracy requires that normative frameworks that bring certain substantive features of democratic life into focus… Expand
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