Book Roundtable on Democracy without shortcuts
This panel will discuss Cristina Lafont’s recent book, entitled Democracy without Shortcuts: A Participatory Conception of Deliberative Democracy (Oxford U. P., 2019). The book offers a radical yet sophisticated reconstruction of a participatory conception of deliberative democracy and a participatory conception of constitutionalism. This essay departs from three controversial conceptions of democracy, namely: purely epistemic, deep pluralistic, and lottocratic. Against these alternatives, Lafont defends a participatory model of deliberative democracy, which considers citizen participation as fundamental to promote genuinely collective self-government. On this basis, Lafont defends a particular interpretation of the democratic value of judicial review. This deliberative and participatory constitutional conception departs from two other that are based on blind deference, which is incompatible with the ideal of self-government, either to majority rule or to the decisions of the courts.