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Gaus I 146
Deliberative democray/Rawls/Dryzek: Some deliberative liberals are not especially democratic. Notably, Rawls in the end wants to entrust deliberation to experts in public reason such as Supreme Court justices, who only need to deliberate in the personal as opposed to the interactive sense of the word (see Goodin, 2000(1), for an explicit defence of personal as opposed to interactive deliberation).
This is justified because Rawls believes public reason is unitary, accessible in the same terms by any reflective individual, and thus best accessible by the most qualified individual(s). >Deliberative Democray/Dryzek, >Democracy/Social Choice Theory.


(1) Goodin, Robert E. (2000) 'Democratic deliberation within'. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 29:81—109.

Dryzek, John S. 2004. „Democratic Political Theory“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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Rawl I
J. Rawls
A Theory of Justice: Original Edition Oxford 2005

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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