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Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions


Edited By Stephen Coleman, Anna Przybylska and Yves Sintomer

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.
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About the Authors


André Bächtiger is chair of Political Theory at the University of Stuttgart. His research focuses on the challenges of mapping and measuring deliberation and political communication as well as the preconditions and outcomes of high quality deliberation in the context of representative institutions and mini-publics. He is co-writing a book Mapping and Measuring Deliberation (with John Parkinson), Oxford University Press, 2016.

Kees Brants is honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam’s School of Communication Research and professor emeritus in political communication at Leiden University.

Stephen Coleman is professor of political communication at the University of Leeds. His most recent book is ‘How Voters Feel’ and his most recent  co-edited volume is Can The Media Serve Democracy? He is currently writing a book about how citizens experience talking about politics.

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