Equal Partners in Dialogue? Participation Equality in a Transnational Deliberative Poll (Europolis)

Gerber, Marlène (2015). Equal Partners in Dialogue? Participation Equality in a Transnational Deliberative Poll (Europolis). Political studies, 63(S1), pp. 110-130. Blackwell Publishing 10.1111/1467-9248.12183

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By gathering a representative sample of citizens from all 27 EU Member States, the deliberative poll Europolis created the opportunity for the inclusion of a wide variety of European voices. Taking up claims of difference democrats who argue that informal hurdles to participation can endure even after individuals gain formal access to the floor, this article argues for an extended approach to evaluate equality in deliberative minipublics. Specifically, it assesses whether participants contributed in roughly equal measures to the discussion and whether their discussion partners considered their contributions on equal merits. In doing so, the article adds to the small but growing literature on deliberation that expresses reservations about taking the willingness to engage with others' claims for granted. In order to account for the intrinsically relational aspect of interpersonal communication, measures of social network analysis are introduced as possible tools to evaluate participation equality in deliberative encounters.

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:

0032-3217

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing

Projects:

[1203] Potential for Deliberation among EU Citizens
[1204] Potential for Deliberation among EU Citizens (Prolongation Project)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlène Gerber

Date Deposited:

01 Jul 2016 15:24

Last Modified:

30 Sep 2019 13:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1467-9248.12183

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82723

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82723

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