Rhetoric and Democracy: Deliberative Opportunities in Current Electoral Processes

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Title Rhetoric and Democracy: Deliberative Opportunities in Current Electoral Processes
Author Stockwell, Stephen Edward
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Germany
Publisher VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Abstract In moving beyond the dichotomy between representative and participatory models of democracy, contemporary democratic theory has drawn out the crucial role of deliberation in the effective operation of democratic institutions. However, while deliberation is applied to democratic effect in interpersonal relationships, new social movements, international negotiations and so on, there appears to be a hesitation in theorizing the means to improve the deliberative functions of existing representative institutions. This book argues that despite the many limitations of representative democracy, and of the mass media which act as its key deliberative forum, current models of representative democracy still offer formal and practical opportunities for collective deliberation in rhetorical exchanges among citizens, particularly, but by no means exclusively, in the course of election campaigns.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.vdm-vsg.de
Alternative URI http://books.google.com/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2008. For information about this publication please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
ISBN 9783639301977
Date Accessioned 2011-02-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Communication Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36660
Publication Type Books (Authored Research)
Publication Type Code a1

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