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Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais
On-line version ISSN 1806-9053
ROCHA, Marta Mendes da. Representation, deliberation, and legislative studies. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2010, vol.25, n.74, pp.121-137. ISSN 1806-9053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-69092010000300008.
The present article aims at approaching the relationship between representation and deliberation and discusses the way these themes have been dealt with in the field of legislative studies. Despite the attention placed on the theme of deliberation by the contemporary democratic theory, it has been neglected by scholars of Legislature. This article discusses the relationship between deliberation and representation in the theory and practice of representative democracy. We seek to develop the argument that the informational model of legislative organization has important linkages with the theme of deliberation, being able to turn into a feasible alternative to understand how the debate takes part in the decision-making process within the parliament and what conditions will foster an informed deliberation.
Keywords : Representation; Deliberation; Information; Legislative studies; Informational theory.