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Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions

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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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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

Introduction

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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