Marco R. Steenbergen, André Bächtiger, Seraina Pedrini & Thomas Gautschi - Chapter Ten. Information, Deliberation, and Direct Democracy: Evidence from the Swiss Expulsion Initiative
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Marco R. Steenbergen, André Bächtiger, Seraina Pedrini & Thomas Gautschi
Chapter Ten. Information, Deliberation, and Direct Democracy: Evidence from the Swiss Expulsion Initiative
Democratic political theory has taken a clear deliberative turn over the past decade and democratic practice has followed a parallel development1. Through deliberative polls, citizen assemblies and juries, as well as other formats, a deliberative niche has been created, which is still small in most places but gaining in prominence. Deliberation, however, is nowhere the dominant form of democracy. It co-exists with other models, namely the direct and representative democratic forms. This raises important empirical and theoretical questions about the interplay between deliberation, on one hand, and these other models of democracy, on the other.
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