Project Title: Reconstructing Demarchy: an anti-foundationalist account of democracy and education for a pluralistic world

Principal Advisor: Dr Gilbert Burgh

Project Abstract: Democracies are often misunderstood as decision-making mechanisms, when any foundational justifications for these decisions are context dependent. Democracy can more readily be justified as a communicative and educative mechanism - a way for people to discuss and debate their interests in an equitable manner.

Demarchy is a form of decentralized democracy that aims to greatly increase the efficiency of government and protect liberty more deliberatively. However, this system is based on a liberal foundation of democracy and serves a legitimate material interest. I propose that to be justifiable, a demarchy must serve a deliberative interest and this must be central to democratic processes, and not a simply a desirable outcome.

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