Consensus democracy

Consensus democracy is the application of consensus decision-making to the process of legislation in a democracy. It is characterized by a decision-making structure which involves and takes into account as broad a range of opinions as possible, as opposed to systems where minority opinions can potentially be ignored by vote-winning majorities.[1] The latter systems are classified as majoritarian democracy.

Consensus democracy also features increased citizen participation both in determining the political agenda and in the decision-making process itself. Some[2] have pointed to developments in information and communication technology as potential facilitators of such systems.