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Aggregate Democracyand Deliberative Democracy: An Inevitable Practical Circle

Author(s): Macarena Marey

Journal: Ideas y Valores : Revista Colombiana de FilosofĂ­a
ISSN 0120-0062

Volume: 60;
Issue: 147;
Start page: 153;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: aggregate democracy | deliberative democracy | human rights | popular sovereignity

The paper sets forth programmatically a series of conditions necessary for a deliberative theory of democracy to be able to account for the normative value of the two fundamental principles of democracy: human rights and popular sovereignty. The starting point is the question of whether aggregate conceptions are capable ofdesigning collective decision-making procedures in which those two principles are mutually entailed. The article emphasizes the importance for democratic procedures to include a reciprocal justification requirement that cannot be fully satisfied by aggregate or agonistic conceptions.
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