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Political Research Exchange - PRX

Democratic Innovation Research: The Theoretical, Methodological and Practical Challenges

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Panel Chair
Peter H. Feindt
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Panel Discussant
Maija Setälä
University of Turku

This panel revisits the wider questions of the section and attempts to assess the state of the art in democratic innovation research. The panel participants, who represent a range of research traditions and contexts in the field, will reflect how the research agenda has developed alongside the political agenda. They will discuss how the theoretical tensions between deliberative quality and inclusive participation have been addressed in theory and practice, empirical research and evaluation, and to what degree the practice of deliberative democracy represents an emancipatory or a disciplinary project. Reflecting on research methods, the roundtable will critically assess the merits of diverging approaches, such as the action research tradition and the recent wave of scientification in democratic innovation research. The roundtable will also reflect how the interplay of empirical research and theoretical reflection has enhanced our understanding of (deliberative and participatory) democracy and stimulated the practice of democracy. Panelists will finally formulate an agenda for democratic innovation research in an era of austerity, perpetual crisis management and rising social conflict.

Paper List

Title Details
Can Democratic Innovations Transform Democracy? View Paper Details
Evolutionary Basic Democracy View Paper Details
The Invisible City: Informality, Hegemony, and Transformative Democracy View Paper Details
The Role of ‘Epistemic’ Considerations in Democratic Theory. Truth, Freedom and Equality as Grounds for Political Legitimacy. View Paper Details
Understanding and Enhancing Democracy - A New Agenda View Paper Details
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