Democratic Deliberation in a Multinational Federation
Series/Report no.Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy;Vol. 9 No 3
Democratic deliberation is an aspiration that, in the most favorable conditions, remains difficult to achieve. In divided or multinational societies, the requirements of democratic theory appear particularly daunting. This essay surveys the Canadian debate about democratization and constitutional politics to better understand the significance of democratic deliberation in a concrete case, when principles are evoked in a context where institutions, interests, identities and power also matter. The article proposes to think of deliberation and power politics as closely intertwined and, in fact impossible to separate. Even in the best conditions, multinational deliberations always remain imperfect exercises in practical reason.
Noël, Alain. « Democratic Deliberation in a Multinational Federation ». Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 9:3 (September 2006): 419-444