Deliberative Democracy in an Unlikely Place: Deliberative Polling in China

British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 40, 2010

14 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012

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James Fishkin

Stanford University

Baogang He

Deakin University

Robert C. Luskin

University of Texas at Austin

Alice Siu

Center for Deliberative Democracy

Date Written: March, 27 2012

Abstract

Talk of democratic reform sometimes focuses on talk. The aspiration of ‘deliberative democracy’ is for the mass public to influence policy making through public discussion. The common presumption is that this is an advanced version of democracy, possible only in established democracies. Even there, there are doubts. Some contend that ordinary citizens cannot deal with complex policy issues, others that their deliberations will be distorted by gender or class inequalities, and yet others that they will be ineluctably polarizing. In less fully democratic societies like China’s, the prospects may seem slimmer.

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Suggested Citation

Fishkin, James and He, Baogang and Luskin, Robert C. and Siu, Alice, Deliberative Democracy in an Unlikely Place: Deliberative Polling in China (March, 27 2012). British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 40, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030063

James Fishkin (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
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Baogang He

Deakin University ( email )

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Melbourne, Victoria 3217
Australia

Robert C. Luskin

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

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Austin, TX 78712
United States

Alice Siu

Center for Deliberative Democracy ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2050
United States

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