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Democratizing Democracy

by Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata
Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata, and Individual Contributors, April 2001.
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Definitions of terms we use with Habermas, Giddens, etc.

  • "ideal speech situation"

    "In the ideal speech situation, all participants have equal power, attempt to reach understanding, do not act manipulatively or strategically, and understand their obligation to offer reasons. In this situation, outcomes depend on what [Habermas] calls 'the unforced force of the better argument'." Cass Sunstein as quoted by Edward Kent in Political Podium

  • "liberal"

    "Under the liberal account, rooted in the work of Thomas Hobes, politics is a process of bargaining, a matter of aggregating private interests. Liberals define citizens as holders of negative rights against the state. In the liberal view, politics is is a struggle among interest groups for positions and power." Cass Sunstein as quoted by Edward Kent in Political Podium

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