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ROCHA, Marta Mendes da. A critique of the discursive conception of democracy. Teor. soc. [online]. 2008, vol.4Selected edition, pp. 94-117. ISSN 1518-4471.

The article seeks to contribute to the debate involving the concept of discursive democracy, which developed based on the theory of discourse advanced by Jürgen Habermas. It is argued that in order for this conception to be converted into a theoretical and analytical framework capable of aiding the comprehension of the complex political processes that unfold in contemporary societies and into an alternative for the improvement of existing democratic regimes it must come to terms with a number or questions presented in this article such as the relationship between the ideal deliberative procedure as conceived by its authors and the conditions required for its operation, the question of the place and forums of deliberation and the relationship between deliberation and preference aggregation, as well as dealing more critically with its own assumptions.

Keywords : deliberation; representation; aggregation; discursive democracy.

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