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Reconciling Pluralism and Consensus as Political Ideals

Dryzek, John; Niemeyer, Simon


While consensus is often taken to be the ideal way to secure political legitimacy, a more robust pluralism has many defenders too. We attempt to reconcile arguments for pluralism and consensus. Pluralism ought to be accepted and valued at the simple level of values, beliefs, and preferences. Pluralism at this level can nevertheless coexist with normative, epistemic, andor preference meta-consensus, all of which have qualities that should attract even pluralists. However, close attention must be...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: American Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2006.00206.x


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