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Jørn Loftager

Deliberative Democracy between Social Liberalism and Neoliberalism

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During the same decades as neoliberalism has expanded at the expense of social liberalism, democratic theory has witnessed a profound deliberative turn. The paper explores links be-tween these developments and presents a double argument. First, it argues for a critical oppo-sition between a current agenda with problems calling for effective public reasoning and the predominance of neoliberal politics and ideas of citizenship. Whereas a social liberal notion of citizenship based on equal rights is conducive to deliberative democracy, recent years’ ne-oliberalism tends to define citizenship in terms of labor market participation rather than (po-tential) public political participation. Second, it is also possible to discern a principal congru-ence between a notion of deliberative democratic governance that is skeptical of direct politi-cal steering and ideas of spontaneous social processes found in neoliberal ontology (Hayek). Here there is a remarkable parallel to French solidarism and especially the social liberal think-ing of Durkheim. Danish politics will serve as an illustrative empirical, least likely, case in point.
Udgivelsesår16 apr. 2015
Antal sider24
StatusUdgivet - 16 apr. 2015
BegivenhedMPSA 2015 - Chicago, USA
Varighed: 16 apr. 201519 apr. 2015


KonferenceMPSA 2015

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