Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions

Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions

Stephen Coleman / Anna Przybylska / Yves Sintomer (eds.)

Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2015 53,20 €  

As our experience regarding the practice of deliberation grows, the position from which we evaluate it, and the criteria of this evaluation, change. This book presents a synthesis of recent research that has brought detailed and robust results. Its first section concerns contemporary challenges and new approaches to the public sphere. The second focuses on the Deliberative Poll as a specific deliberative technique and compares findings emanating from this practice in various political and cultural contexts. The third section addresses the challenge of determining what constitutes deliberative quality. Finally, the last section discusses democratic deliberation and deliberative democracy as they relate to the complex challenges of contemporary politics.


Introduction. Stephen Coleman, Anna Przybylska, Yves Sintomer

Section I. Innovative Deliberative Devices and the Public Sphere

  • Chapter One: "Connecting Micro-Deliberation to Electoral Decision Making: Institutionalizing the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review", Katherine R. Knobloch, John Gastil, Tyrone Reitman
  • Chapter Two: "Informal Deliberation over a Highly Publicized Case in Weibo Space of China: Process, Influences and Quality", Fan Yang
  • Chapter Three: "The disenfranchised and E-Deliberation: Beyond access", Zhang Weiyu
  • Chapter Four: "The Demise of a Deliberative Dream? Challenging the Mission of Public Service Broadcasting in Europe", Kees Brants

Section II. The Deliberative Poll: Recent Implementations

  • Chapter Five: "Reviving Deliberative Democracy: Reflections on Recent Experiments", James Fishkin
  • Chapter Six: "Long lasting effects of the first deliberative poll in Poland", Anna Przybylska, Alice Siu
  • Chapter Seven: "Temporary and lasting effects of a deliberative event: the Kaposvár experience", György Lengyel, Borbála Göncz, and Éva Vépy-Schlemmer
  • Chapter Eight: "To What Extent Do Deliberative Polls Promote Discursive Rationality? Some Evidence from a Deliberative Poll on Reframing Regional Governments in the  Prefecture of Kanagawa, Japan", Tatsuro Sakano

Section III. Deliberative Quality

  • Chapter Nine: "How to measure the quality of deliberation? The Discourse Quality Index (DQI) as a possible tool", André Bächtiger and Jürg Steiner
  • Chapter Ten: "Information, Deliberation, and Direct Democracy: Evidence from the Swiss Expulsion Initiative", Marco R. Steenbergen, André Bächtiger, Seraina Pedrini, Thomas Gautschi
  • Chapter Eleven: "Group processes in deliberative setting. Qualitative analysis", Elżbieta Wesołowska
  • Chapter Twelve: "Assessing deliberative potential. Evaluative dimensions of discursive interaction in contemporary democracy", Marcin Zgiep

Section IV. Deliberative Democracy: Reflexive perspectives

  • Chapter Thirteen: "Under Construction: The Field of Online Deliberation Research", Stephen Coleman, Giles Moss
  • Chapter Fourteen: "Random Selection, Republican Self-government, and Deliberative Democracy", Yves Sintomer
  • Chapter Fifteen: "Crisis and innovation of liberal democracy: Can deliberation be institutionalized?" Claus Offe