Abstract: This paper focuses on the impact of socio-political change on the normative model of communicative rationality as the method of public sphere debate. It aims to explore the theoretical implications of the impact of new, diversified publics, institutional complexity and multilingualism, among others, on Habermas’s model of communicative rationality. It proposes a reconceptualisation of this model in conditions of overcomplexity and along the lines of a de-transcendentalised, dynamic normativity.
Keywords: Habermas; public sphere; argumentation; communicative rationality; social change; normative theory; complexity; intersubjectivity; emergent publics.
To cite the article: STRANI, Katerina. “The impact of socio-political change on public sphere theory: Exploring the relevance of communicative rationality”. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication 1.1 (2014): 31-40.