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date: 29 February 2020

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Deliberative democracy and collective action have often been opposed as offering conflicting ways of constructing the common good, based on cooperative discussion on the one hand, and adversarial protest and negotiation on the other. Social movements have however shaped the inception and organization of democratic innovations since the 1970s. They also influence the way democratic innovations work, by participating in, or on the contrary boycotting new forms of democratic engagement. Social movements’ scholarship can learn from research on deliberative democracy to pay particular attention to micro processes and especially to the central role of discursive interactions in the making of groups and in shaping of the social order. In contrast, deliberative democrats can get insights from collective action research on the role of power and the broader political processes and opportunity structures shaping democratic interactions.

Keywords: deliberative democracy, participatory democracy, deliberation, inclusion, representation, power, small groups

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