Equality and inclusion are valuable for theories of democracy because they are necessary to ensure legitimacy. We have a stronger reason for accepting laws and policies, especially laws and policies that we disagree with, if we know that our interests have been treated equally with those of others (Christiano 1996, 2004) and if we believe that we were included in the decision-making process. Furthermore, being treated as equals and being given equal respect as human beings and moral agents is a fundamental tenet of liberalism.
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