Monday, March 07, 2016

New Book: Deliberation and Democracy

Deliberation and Democracy
Innovative Processes and Institutions

Ed. by Stephen Coleman, Anna Przybylska & Yves Sintomer

(Peter Lang, 2015)

313 pages


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.

Contents [pdf] [preview]

Introduction [pdf] - Stephen Coleman, Anna Przybylska & Yves Sintomer

Section I: Innovative Deliberative Devices and the Public Sphere

1. Connecting Micro-Deliberation to Electoral Decision Making - Katherine R. Knobloch, John Gastil & Tyrone Reitman
2. Informal Deliberation over a Highly Publicized Case in Weibo Space of China - Fan Yang
3. The Disenfranchised and E-Deliberation - Zhang Weiyu
4. The Demise of a Deliberative Dream? - Kees Brants

Section II: The Deliberative Poll: Recent Implementations

5. Reviving Deliberative Democracy: Reflections on Recent Experiments - James Fishkin
6. Long Lasting Effects of the First Deliberative Poll in Poland - Anna Przybylska & Alice Siu
7. Temporary and Lasting Effects of a Deliberative Event: the Kaposvár Experience - György Lengyel, Borbála Göncz & Éva Vépy-Schlemmer
8. To What Extent Do Deliberative Polls Promote Discursive Rationality? - Tatsuro Sakano

Section III: Deliberative Quality

9. How to Measure the Quality of Deliberation? - André Bächtiger & Jürg Steiner
10. Information, Deliberation, and Direct Democracy - Marco R. Steenbergen, André Bächtiger, Seraina Pedrini & Thomas Gautschi
11. Group Processes in Deliberative Setting Qualitative Analysis - Elżbieta Wesołowska
12. Assessing Deliberative Potential Evaluative Dimensions of Discursive Interaction in Contemporary Democracy - Marcin Zgiep

Section IV: Deliberative Democracy: Reflexive Perspectives

13. Under Construction: The Field of Online Deliberation Research - Stephen Coleman & Giles Moss
14. Random Selection, Republican Self-government, and Deliberative Democracy [Abstract] - Yves Sintomer
15. Crisis and Innovation of Liberal Democracy: Can Deliberation Be Institutionalized? [Paper] [Video] - Claus Offe

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