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Authoritarianism and Deliberative Democracy: Responding to Our Current Political Times and Contexts

Shaffer, Timothy J. and Black, Laura W. (2018) "Authoritarianism and Deliberative Democracy: Responding to Our Current Political Times and Contexts," Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 14 : Iss. 2 , Article 1.

Abstract This article introduces the special issue on Deliberative Democracy in an Era of Authoritarianism. The essay highlights the relationship between authoritarianism and democracy, and discusses concerns about the current rise in authoritarianism in political systems. It poses questions about how deliberative scholars and practitioners should respond to authoritarian political contexts and how deliberation should relate to more activist forms of civic engagement. Finally, it previews the articles in the special issue and urges future work in the field to take up ideas, questions, and challenges posed by these essays.

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