First, the approaches of ‘Diskursethik’ (Discourse ethics) and of Modern Political Economy are described. While the latter investigates political decision processes, the former is concerned with the discourse process which takes place before a decision is made. This is shown by using referenda as an example. The discourse which takes place before referenda obviously does not conform to the ideal conditions defined in Diskursethik, but discourse and decisions in the context of referenda come nearer to the intentions of Diskursethik and Political Economy than other decision procedures which are used in representative democracies.
Frey, B. S., &Kirchgässner, G. (1993). Diskursethik, politische oekonomie und volksabstimmungen. Analyse &Kritik, 15(2), 129-149.