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Jane Mansbridge

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values
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79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 468
Mansbridge, Jane, with James Bohman, Simone Chambers, David Estlund, Andreas Føllesdal, Archon Fung, Christina Lafont, Bernard Manin, and José Luis Martí. "The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy." Journal of Political Philosophy 18.1 (March 2010): 64-100.


This article argues, against all previous deliberative theory, that self-interest ought to play a role in deliberative democracy. Among the conditions that legitimate the entry of self-interest into deliberation the authors include both the “regulative ideal” of the absence of coercion (recognizing its impossibility in practice) and the constraint of self-interest by fairness. They consider integrative and “fully cooperative” negotiation to be forms of deliberation. Finally, they argue that deliberation can have a complementary relation to non-deliberative, aggregative democratic mechanisms.