Women's Empowerment through Deliberative Democracy
Over the past decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in deliberative democracy which is defined as informed participation by broader citizens included in the deliberative process of decision-making. Deliberation allows minority groups have opportunity to participate freely and legitimately in producing collectively decisions to issues that concern them.This paper first reviews and analyzes literature of deliberative democracy and women’s empowerment, and the current status of deliberative democracy practice in Taiwan. Secondly, the author examines women’s personality strait correspond to deliberation. We found that men and women are distinct and differ on some personality traits and women score higher than men in sociability, warmth, self-consciousness, tender-mindedness, altruism, and empathy and more interested in people-oriented activity and occupation. Women were also reported higher levels of neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness than did men. This article advocates for reciprocity theory of deliberative democracy which are correspond with the women personality trait of extraversion, warmth, agreeableness ,tender-minded and altruism and for discursive theory correspond with sociability and narrative and also for procedure theory correlate to conscientiousness.
Keywords: Women’s Empowerment, Deliberative Democracy, Personality Traits
Prof. Chun-Wen Lin
Assistant professor, Department of Child Care, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology