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Mapping and Measuring Deliberation: Towards a New Deliberative Quality

André Bächtiger and John Parkinson


Deliberative democracy has challenged two widely accepted nostrums about democratic politics: that people lack the capacities for effective self-government; and that democratic procedures are arbitrary and do not reflect popular will; indeed, that the idea of popular will is itself illusory. On the contrary, deliberative democrats have shown that people are capable of being sophisticated, creative problem solvers, given the right opportunities in the right kinds of democratic institutions. But deliberative empirical research has its own problems. In this book two leading deliberative scholars ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, deliberative systems, minipublics, discourse quality index, deliberation, methodology, research design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199672196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Bächtiger, author
Professor of Political Theory and Empirical Democracy Research, University of Stuttgart

John Parkinson, author
Professor of Politics, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra