Deliberative and non-deliberative persuasion: Mechanisms of opinion formation in EuroPolis

Gerber, Marlène; Bächtiger, André; Fiket, Irena; Steenbergen, Marco; Steiner, Jürg (2014). Deliberative and non-deliberative persuasion: Mechanisms of opinion formation in EuroPolis. European Union politics, 15(3), pp. 410-429. Sage Publications 10.1177/1465116514528757

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From a normative vantage point, post-deliberative opinions should be linked to the quality of arguments presented during discussion. Yet, there is a dearth of research testing this claim. Our study makes a first attempt to overcome this deficiency. By analyzing a European deliberative poll on third country migration, we explore whether statements backed by reason affect opinions, which we term deliberative persuasion. We contrast deliberative persuasion to non-deliberative persuasion, whereby we explore whether the most frequently repeated position influences opinions. We find that with regard to regularization of irregular immigrants, deliberative persuasion took place. In the context of European involvement in immigration affairs, however, opinions are driven by the most frequently repeated position rather than by the quality of argumentation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Marlène

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1465-1165

Publisher:

Sage Publications

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Projects:

[UNSPECIFIED] Potential for Deliberation among EU Citizens

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlène Gerber

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2015 14:37

Last Modified:

16 Apr 2015 05:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1465116514528757

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65215

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65215

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