Social choice theory and theories of deliberative discourse have deeply impacted on the way political scientists understand the dynamics of democratic politics and decision-making. Deliberation, Social Choice and Absolutist Democracy addresses the dispute between these competing schools of thought.
Deliberative democracy and social choice theorists offer the two dominant and competing conceptions of participation in contemporary democratic theory. With the former holding that theories of discourse tell us that through the democratic process we can arrive at consensus, rational outcomes and even principles of justice, while the latter suggest that fair and equal participation is more likely to lead to instability and irrational outcomes.
With an in-depth examination of social choice theory and deliberative democracy, David van Mill:
This book will be of interest to students and researchers of political theory, particularly those with an interest in democracy and social choice theory.
Chapter One: Democratic Alternatives
Chapter Two: An Empirical Test of Discursive and Social Choice theories of Democracy
Chapter Three: Hobbesian Sovereignty: An Unlikely Source for Democratic Politics
Chapter Four: Rousseau: A Democratic Ally for Hobbes
Chapter Five: A Return to Social Choice Theory