Comment promouvoir la délibération démocratique? Priorité du débat contradictoire sur la discussion

Translated title of the contribution: Deliberation: Why we should focus on debate rather than discussion

Bernard Manin, Marc Saint-Upery

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    This article argues that in order to foster democratic deliberation, adversarial debates should be promoted rather than discussion. Discussion, in which participants talk to and answer each other, can have detrimental consequences, even when it is strictly argumentative. The article analyses the psychological and social mechanisms that can lead to such undesirable results. The worth of democratic deliberation comes from the exchange of arguments for and against a certain course of action, and the weighting of the opposing reasons. The article thus defends a different perspective on democratic deliberation than the dominant one.

    Translated title of the contributionDeliberation: Why we should focus on debate rather than discussion
    Original languageFrench
    Pages (from-to)83-113
    Number of pages31
    JournalRaisons Politiques
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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