Constitutional deliberative democracy and democratic innovations

Geissel, B. and Gherghina, S. (2016) Constitutional deliberative democracy and democratic innovations. In: Reuchamps, M. and Suiter, J. (eds.) Constitutional Deliberative Democracy in Europe. Series: Studies in European political science. ECPR Press: Colchester, pp. 75-92. ISBN 9781785521454

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Citizens increasingly obtained the opportunity of consultation and input during the constitutional reform. The variety of these consultation processes leads to several inter-connected question: How did these consultation processes work? What are the effects of these deliberative processes in comparative perspective? Do these effects match with findings on participatory innovations in general? This chapter seeks to provide some answers by embedding constitution reforms through popular involvement in the broader topic of democratic innovations. We start with a discussion of frameworks for the analysis and explain our decision to suggest a new framework. Then we comparatively evaluate the three case studies on constitutional deliberative procedures (Belgium, Iceland, Ireland) referring to input legitimacy, throughput legitimacy and output legitimacy. Finally, we embed the findings into the debate about the effects of democratic innovations in general.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Geissel, B., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Publisher:ECPR Press

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