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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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Anna Przybylska & Alice Siu - Chapter Six. Long Lasting Effects of the First Deliberative Poll in Poland


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Anna Przybylska & Alice Siu

Chapter Six. Long Lasting Effects of the First Deliberative Poll in Poland


The aim of this chapter is to present information on the main premises and impact of Deliberative Polling in the specific social and political context of Poland. We refer to data collected during public consultations with the use of Deliberative Polling in Poznań in November 2009 as well as the results of an evaluation study conducted approximately a year later. We also use results of some research on the quality of consultations carried out around that time to provide the relevant background and points of reference for the discussion1.

New Approach to Public Consultations with Deliberative Polling

When the political system in Poland was being transformed into a democracy, the new model of democracy was taking shape in Western political culture. Deliberative democracy was proposed by those who diagnosed the deficits of liberal democracy in communication within political institutions and, in particular, in communication between politicians and electorates (Held 2006). The results of studies that referred to standards and measures of democratic well-being confirmed the need for democratic renewal (Stoker 2006; Norris 2011).

In the 1990s Poland was a political laboratory. Those who were involved in the debate regarding institutionalization of democracy attest that even though more participatory and deliberative models had been considered, they did not have ← 109 | 110 → any impact on politics at the time2....

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