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Representing people, representing nature, representing the world.

O'Neill, John (2001) Representing people, representing nature, representing the world. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 19 (4). pp. 483-500. ISSN 0263-774X

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Abstract

Problems of representation lie at the centre of recent experiments in deliberative democracy. The problems are not primarily social scientific questions concerning the statistical representiveness of small-scale deliberative institutions but normative questions about their political and ethical legitimacy. Experiments in deliberative democracy often rely for their representative legitimacy on appeals to the presence of members of different groups. However, they often do so without clear sources of authorisation and accountability from those represented. The representation of nonhumans and future generations in deliberative institutions is still more problematic. In the necessary absence of their authorisation, accountability, and presence, claims to speak on their behalf relies on epistemic claims, coupled with care. To highlight these problems is not to claim that small deliberative institutions are illegitimate but rather to point out the need for a clearer account of their role in democratic institutions and the proper sources of contestability of their outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 13897
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2008 15:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13897

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