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Deliberative Freedom
Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory
Deliberative Freedom
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Christian F. Rostboll - Author
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 322 pages
Release Date: June 2008
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7459-4

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Paperback - 322 pages
Release Date: July 2009
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7460-0

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The first sustained look at the relationship between deliberative democratic theory and the topic of freedom.

In Deliberative Freedom, Christian F. Rostbøll accepts the common belief that democracy and freedom are intimately related, but he sees this relationship in a new and challenging way. Rostbøll argues that deliberative democracy is normatively committed to multiple dimensions of freedom, and that this, in turn, makes it a distinct model of democracy. He presents a new version of deliberative democracy that rejects the prevailing synthesis of Habermasian critical theory and Rawlsian political liberalism, and contends that this synthesis obscures and neglects important concerns in terms of freedom and emancipation. In addition, Rostbøll explores how the many dimensions of freedom supply a new and fruitful way to address issues such as paternalism, elitism, rationalism, and neutrality.

“This is a thought-provoking and carefully argued book. It makes a unique contribution that adds substantially to our understanding of how deliberative democracy should work.” — Kevin Olson, author of Reflexive Democracy: Political Equality and the Welfare State

“The author does an excellent job of explaining how the theory of deliberative democracy requires a multidimensional concept of freedom. No one had done this yet, but it needed to be done.” — Christopher F. Zurn, author of Deliberative Democracy and the Institutions of Judicial Review

Christian F. Rostbøll is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.




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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

        Why “Dimensions” of Freedom?
        Overview of the Book

1. Deliberation, Aggregation, and Negative Freedom

        Beyond the Aggregation and Transformation Dichotomy
        The Negative Freedom Tradition and Democracy
        Conclusion

2. Republican Freedom and Discursive Status
       
        Domination without Interference

        Conclusion

3. Preferences and Paternalism

        Nonautonomously Formed Preferences Paternalism
        Collective Self-Legislation and Freedom as Status
        Conclusion

4. Freedom as Accommodation: The Limits of Rawlsian Deliberative Democracy

        The Accommodation of Reasonable Doctrines and Negative Freedom
        Public Reason and Reasonableness
        Political and Moral Autonomy
        Conclusion
5. Freedom as Emancipation: Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory

        The Critique of Ideology and Internal Autonomy
        Deliberation and Politicization
        Social Critics, Triggering Self-Reflection, and Public Autonomy
        Conclusion

6. Democratic Ethos and Procedural Independence

        The Interdependence of the Ethical and the Moral
        Deliberation and Privacy
        Democratic Ethos
        Thinking for Oneself
        Conclusion

7. Freedom, Reason, and Participation

        The Epistemic Dimension of Deliberative Democracy
        Reason, Freedom, and Radical Democracy
        Participation, Freedom, and Neutrality
        Conclusion

8. Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Deliberative Freedom

        Four Conceptions of Freedom Reinterpreted
        A Multidimensional Theory of Deliberation and Freedom
        On the Need for Institutional Reform and Economic Redistribution

Notes
Bibliography
Index



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