This article addresses the challenges of scaling up deliberative democracy beyond the level of individual communities. It begins with a general discussion of the problems that scope poses for deliberative democratic practice. It then proceeds to look critically at a range of initiatives that have, in recent years, attempted to overcome these problems in the American context. The concluding sections suggest guidelines and concepts aimed at helping practitioners approach large-scale public engagement more strategically, as well as areas that research and theory should explore.
How to Cite
Friedman W., (2006) “Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Scope”, Journal of Public Deliberation 2(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.42