When does deliberation begin?

Robert E. Goodin and Simon J. Niemeyer

in Innovating Democracy

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547944
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720116 | DOI:
When does deliberation begin?

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Political deliberation involves both internal reflection and public discussion. The former might be far more important than implied by deliberative democrats' heavy emphasis the discursive component. Analysis of the deliberations of a citizen's jury on an Australian environmental issue shows jurors' attitudes changing more in response to the ‘informational’ phase of the jury proceedings involving a large degree of ‘deliberation within’ than during the formal ‘discussion’ phase. Various ways can be imagined for evoking internal reflection of that sort, even in mass political settings.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; Citizen's Jury; discussion; attitude change; internal deliberation

Chapter.  10405 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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