Deliberative Abilities and Influence in a Transnational Deliberative Poll (EuroPolis)

Gerber, Marlène; Bächtiger, André; Shikano, Susumu; Reber, Simon; Rohr, Samuel (2018). Deliberative Abilities and Influence in a Transnational Deliberative Poll (EuroPolis). British journal of political science, 48(4), pp. 1093-1118. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0007123416000144

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This article investigates the deliberative abilities of ordinary citizens in the context of ‘EuroPolis’, a transnational deliberative poll. Drawing upon a philosophically grounded instrument, an updated version of the Discourse Quality Index (DQI), it explores how capable European citizens are of meeting deliberative ideals; whether socio-economic, cultural and psychological biases affect the ability to deliberate; and whether opinion change results from the exchange of arguments. On the positive side, EuroPolis shows that the ideal deliberator scoring high on all deliberative standards does actually exist, and that participants change their opinions more often when rational justification is used in the discussions. On the negative side, deliberative abilities are unequally distributed: in particular, working-class members are less likely to contribute to a high standard of deliberation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Marlène

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0007-1234

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlène Gerber

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2019 14:26

Last Modified:

27 Oct 2019 12:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0007123416000144

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.124517

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/124517

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