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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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