Deliberation as drama: publicity and accountability

John Parkinson

in Deliberating in the Real World

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199291113
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604133 | DOI:
Deliberation as drama: publicity and accountability

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This chapter discusses the second broad solution to the legitimacy problems: sharing arguments through the media. It sets out the structural features of the news media and shows how they filter out certain kinds of arguments and issues, using the example of a deliberative poll. It argues that successful argument sharing (or publicity) depends on the salience of the issue, but in such cases, small-scale deliberative processes can provide a useful focal point for coverage of all the arguments. ‘Manufacturing’ salience can lead to distortion of the issue and arguments.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; news media; publicity; salience; micro deliberation; deliberative poll; citizens’ jury; Belfast

Chapter.  11037 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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