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Deliberative Politics in Action : Analyzing Parliamentary Discourse - Jurg Steiner

Deliberative Politics in Action

Analyzing Parliamentary Discourse


Published: 14th February 2005
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'Deliberative politics' refers to the role of conversation and arguments in politics. Until recently discussion of deliberative politics took place almost exclusively among political philosophers, but many questions raised in this philosophical discussion cry out for empirical investigation. This book provides the first extended empirical study of deliberative politics, addressing, in particular, questions of the preconditions and consequences of high level deliberation. Using parliamentary debates in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States as an empirical base, the authors measure the level of deliberation by constructing a 'Discourse Quality Index'. As deliberative politics moves to the forefront of political theory, this book makes an important contribution to deliberative democracy.

'The authors of Deliberative Politics in Action provide an extensive review of the literature on deliberative democracy ... impressive research effort.' European Political Science 'The most systematic attempt to operationalize principles for identifying and evaluating deliberation is at the center of the study of parliamentary discourse by Steiner and his associates.' Dennis F. Thompson, Department of Government, Harvard University

Introduction: the research questions
Institutions and behavior: the example of consociational theory
The philosophical literature on deliberative politics
Measuring deliberation: a Discourse Quality Index
Understanding the real world of deliberation: hypotheses about antecedents and consequences
The institutional antecedents of discourse
Discourse and its consequences
Conclusion and research outlook
Appendix: Discourse Quality
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ISBN: 9780521828710
ISBN-10: 0521828716
Series: Theories of Institutional Design
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 14th February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48