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Discursive Representation

  • JOHN S. DRYZEK (a1) and SIMON NIEMEYER (a1)

Abstract

Democracy can entail the representation of discourses as well as persons or groups. We explain and advocate discursive representation; explore its justifications, advantages, and problems; and show how it can be accomplished in practice. This practice can involve the selection of discursive representatives to a formal Chamber of Discourses and more informal processes grounded in the broader public sphere. Discursive representation supports many aspects of deliberative democracy and is especially applicable to settings such as the international system lacking a well-defined demos.

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John S. Dryzek is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia (jdryzek@coombs.anu.edu.au).
Simon Niemeyer is Fellow in the Political Science Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia (simon@coombs.anu.edu.au).

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