The Benefits of Deliberation in the Political Process

The Conversation, 2012

3 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2019

Date Written: May 2, 2012


Is there a role for deliberation about electoral rules?

For many, the answer would be “no”. For them, the notion of principled discussion informed by careful reflection is deeply incongruous with the grubby practice of politics.

Politics, so they would say, is centred on the pursuit of political power. Political parties and politicians, in turn, are purely self-interested actors doing “whatever it takes” to grab the reins of power and using that power for their partisan interests.

The modus operandi is one of power plays and bargaining, not deliberation.

If these views were plausible, they should be seen most clearly in the rules of the electoral game – the regulation of elections.

Suggested Citation

Tham, Joo-Cheong, The Benefits of Deliberation in the Political Process (May 2, 2012). The Conversation, 2012. Available at SSRN:

Joo-Cheong Tham (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053

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