Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory


"Ana Tanasoca"

Titel: Informal Networked Deliberation: How Mass Deliberative Democracy Really Works
Autor: Ana Tanasoca
Seite: 23-54

Deliberative democracy started out as an ideal for mass democracy. Lately, however, its large-scale ambitions have mostly been shelved. This article revivifies the ideal of mass deliberative democracy by offering a clear mechanism by which everyone in the community can be included in the same conversation. The trick is to make use of people’s overlapping social communicative networks through which informal deliberative exchanges already occur on an everyday basis. Far from being derailed by threats of polarization, echo chambers, and motivated reasoning, informal networked deliberation can indeed put everyone in touch, directly or indirectly, with everyone else.

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