Reconciling deliberation and representation: Chinese challenges to deliberative democracy

He, Baogang 2015, Reconciling deliberation and representation: Chinese challenges to deliberative democracy, Representation, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 35-50, doi: 10.1080/00344893.2015.1026209.

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Title Reconciling deliberation and representation: Chinese challenges to deliberative democracy
Author(s) He, BaogangORCID iD for He, Baogang
Journal name Representation
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 50
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0034-4893
Summary Deliberative democratic theorists addressed the practical issue of combining representation and deliberation, leading to a number of institutional inventions and theoretical debates. James Fishkin, for example, invented and advocated deliberative polling (DP) technique to reconcile deliberation and representation. Adolf Gundersen, John Parkinson, and Crisitna Lafont, however, have criticised DP in the light of the democratic ideas of representation and legitimacy. This paper aims at joining in this debate on DP by examining how Chinese local practitioners have employed and modified DP techniques to address the practical questions on representation and deliberation in their decision-making process, and how they make contribution to the debates in the politics of public deliberation. China's local experiments reveal and confirm the law of political empowerment, that is, citizens are empowered to make their own decision on the condition that their deliberation must be based on elected representation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00344893.2015.1026209
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
160603 Comparative Government and Politics
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, McDougall Trust, London
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