Deliberative Voting: Operationalizing Consensus in a Deliberative Minipublic

35 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2012 Last revised: 31 Jul 2012

Alfred Moore

University of Cambridge

Kieran O'Doherty

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2012

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.

Keywords: Deliberation, Voting, Consensus, Decision, Minipublic

Suggested Citation

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

Alfred Moore (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

Kieran O'Doherty

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

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