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Deliberative Politics in Action

Deliberative Politics in Action
Analyzing Parliamentary Discourse

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521828710

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  • 'Deliberative politics' refers to the role of conversation and arguments in politics. Until recently discussion of deliberative politics took place almost exclusively among political philosophers, but many questions raised in this philosophical discussion cry out for empirical investigation. This book provides the first extended empirical study of deliberative politics, addressing, in particular, questions of the preconditions and consequences of high level deliberation. Using parliamentary debates in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States as an empirical base, the authors measure the level of deliberation by constructing a 'Discourse Quality Index'. As deliberative politics moves to the forefront of political theory, this book makes an important contribution to deliberative democracy.

    • The first empirical study of the role of conversation and arguments in politics, based on analysis of parliamentary debates
    • Supplements the philosophical approach to deliberation with a unique empirical approach, measuring the effects of deliberation on outcomes
    • Will appeal to political philosophers, scholars of political institutions and to those interested in comparative politics
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    'The authors of Deliberative Politics in Action provide an extensive review of the literature on deliberative democracy … impressive research effort.' European Political Science

    'The most systematic attempt to operationalize principles for identifying and evaluating deliberation is at the center of the study of parliamentary discourse by Steiner and his associates.' Dennis F. Thompson, Department of Government, Harvard University

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521828710
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the research questions
    1. Institutions and behaviour: the example of consociational theory
    2. The philosophical literature on deliberative politics
    3. Measuring deliberation: a Discourse Quality Index
    4. Understanding the real world of deliberation: hypotheses about antecedents and consequences
    5. The institutional antecedents of discourse
    6. Discourse and its consequences
    Conclusion and research outlook
    Appendix: Discourse Quality Index (DQI).

  • Authors

    Jürg Steiner, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Jürg Steiner is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Bern. He is also Swiss Chair at the European University Institute in Florence.

    André Bächtiger, European University Institute, Florence
    André Bächtiger is Swiss Chair Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

    Markus Spörndli, Universität Bern, Switzerland
    Markus Spörndli is at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

    Marco R. Steenbergen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Marcus R. Steenbergen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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