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Deliberative Voting: Operationalizing Consensus in a Deliberative Minipublic


Alfred Moore


University of Cambridge

Kieran O'Doherty


affiliation not provided to SSRN

2012

APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper

Abstract:     
Deliberative democratic theory has paid much attention to how deliberation is supposed to go, but less to how it is supposed to stop. It is commonly assumed that for a deliberation to conclude it must (i) reach consensus, (ii) stop without any collective decision, or (iii) hold a vote. In this paper we theorize ‘apparent consensus’ as a way to conclude a deliberation with an agreement that is less than normative unanimity (everybody agreeing to the same thing for the same reasons), but more than compromise or modus vivendi. This differs from recent accounts of ‘meta-consensus’ in that we operationalize the concept by considering how the agreement is recognized by participants. In order to achieve such recognition in situ, we suggest a novel and counter-intuitive use for voting within the deliberative process, as a means to make visible to participants the grounds for decision by consensus.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: Deliberation, Voting, Consensus, Decision, Minipublic

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Date posted: July 13, 2012 ; Last revised: July 31, 2012

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Moore, Alfred and O'Doherty, Kieran, Deliberative Voting: Operationalizing Consensus in a Deliberative Minipublic (2012). APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2104573

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Alfred Moore (Contact Author)
University of Cambridge ( email )
King's Parade
Cambridge, CB3 0DS
United Kingdom
Kieran O'Doherty
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