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Deliberative Democracy for Diabolical Times

Confronting Populism, Extremism, Denial, and Authoritarianism

Author(s): André Bächtiger, John S. Dryzek

ISBN: 9781009261876
Publication Date: 4/4/24
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback
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Democracy today faces deep and complex challenges, especially when it comes to political communication and the quality of public discourse. Dishonest and manipulative communication amplified by unscrupulous politicians and media pervades these diabolical times, enabling right-wing populism, extremism, truth denial, and authoritarianism to flourish. To tackle these issues, we need to encourage meaningful deliberative communication – creating spaces for reflective and constructive dialogue, repairing unhealthy public spheres while preserving healthier ones, and building discursive bridges across deep divides. Citizens who see through elite manipulations should be at the core of this response, especially if bad elite behavior is to be effectively constrained. Democratic activists and leaders, diverse interpersonal networks, resilient public spheres, deliberative innovations and clever communication strategies all have vital roles to play in both defending and renewing democracy. Healthy discursive infrastructures can make democracies work again.

  • Written by two noted scholars of democratic theory and practice who have both played a significant part in the exploding popularity of deliberative democracy as an approach to the theory and practice of democracy
  • Establishes the relevance and strength of a deliberative response to democracy's many contemporary challenges and diabolical troubles, making sense of how widely-recognized challenges to democracy can be countered effectively
  • Sets out clear prescriptions on how democracy can be communicatively renewed at a time when democracy in the world at large is under threat and in retreat