Insincere deliberation and democratic failure


Journal Article

An enduring challenge of democracy is to give citizens an effective say in collective decision making by ensuring broad participation in political discourse. Deliberative opinion polling aims to meet this challenge by providing new opportunities for ordinary citizens to form educated opinions. This approach to broadening deliberation does not aim to control substantive outcomes, unlike conceptions of deliberative democracy that promote improved dialogue while also restricting the possible outcomes. But both classes of reform overlook the prevalence of democratic failures stemming from social pressures that discourage open and honest communication. New avenues for dialogue will remain clogged unless supported by political institutions that protect dissenters, and by a political ethic that rewards candor. © 1998 Critical Review Foundation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kuran, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 529 - 544

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-3811

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/08913819808443515

Citation Source

  • Scopus