Tanya Kuzman

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The Law of Deliberative Democracy, written by Ron Levy, a senior lecturer at the Australian National University, and Graeme Orr, a professor of law at the University of Queensland, has broken critical new ground in the practical application and expansion of deliberative democratic theory. The core concept for deliberative democrats is that the exercise of political power is only legitimate when it is justified by conversation and consensus with a broad range of citizens. With this book, Levy and Orr examine the degree to which the laws of politics measure up with the ideals of deliberative democracy, as well as how and why they should. In doing so, the authors ask an important question: To what extent does election law––the body of laws regulating parties, candidates, voters, and other actors involved in representative elections––encourage or inhibit deliberation, by the citizenry, about the mechanics of their democracy?

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