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Deliberation and Decision: economics, constitutional theory and deliberative democracy

Anne van Aaken, Christian List, Christoph Luetge (eds)
Ashgate Publishing (28 February 2004)

This book explores ways of bridging the gap between two rival approaches to theorising about democratic institutions: constitutional economics on the one hand and deliberative democracy on the other. The two approaches offer very different accounts of the functioning and legitimacy of democratic institutions. Although both highlight the importance of democratic consent, their accounts of such consent could hardly be more different. Constitutional economics models individuals as self-interested rational utility maximisers and uses economic economic efficiency criteria such as incentive compatibility for evaluating institutions. Deliberative democracy models individuals as communicating subjects capable of engaging in democratic discourse. The two approaches are disjointed not only in terms of their assumptions and methodology but also in terms of the communication - or lack thereof - between their respective communities or researchers. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the recent debate between the two approaches and makes new and original contributions to that debate. 

Among the contributors are Luc Bovens, Geoffrey Brennan, John S Dryzek, Robert E Goodin, Philip Pettit, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Viktor J Vanberg, Stefan Voigt.

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