We have come a long way in the preceding six chapters. We have looked at what deliberative democracy is and discovered that defining this concept is a challenge in itself. We have examined the normative foundations of democratic theory, procedural values such as equality and inclusion, and seen how these apply to deliberative models of democracy. We have considered what reasoned deliberation means and whether it will lead to better decisions than other forms of democracy. We have also looked at whether we should expect deliberation to produce consensual decisions and how the theory can accommodate voting and bargaining. Finally, in the last chapter we looked at macro deliberation in practice and at some of the preconditions of introducing more deliberative practices into current democracies, not least the important condition of getting citizens motivated to participate.
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