The Political Use of Evaluations in Democratic Discourse: Enrichment or Exclusion?

Schlaufer, Caroline; Stucki, Iris; Sager, Fritz (25 August 2016). The Political Use of Evaluations in Democratic Discourse: Enrichment or Exclusion? (Unpublished). In: EGPA Conference. Utrecht. 25.08.2016.

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This article asks the question of how the political use of evaluations enriches democratic discourse. It builds on the results of a multi-year research project on the use of evaluations in direct-democratic debates in Switzerland in the fields of health and education. The results of quantitative and qualitative content analyses of documents related to 221 votes and a split-ballot survey show that the use of evaluations provides policy-relevant information and substantive justifications, leads to less normative arguments, and increases interactivity of discourse. However, evaluations are particularly used by elite actors in their argumentation, but also to receive information on policies. This leads to a separation of the arena of deliberation in an expert discourse that includes empirical evidence and a lay discourse that eschews empirical knowledge.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Schlaufer, Caroline; Stucki, Iris and Sager, Fritz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

Language:

English

Submitter:

Caroline Lea Schlaufer

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2016 11:54

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2017 13:25

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.88408

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/88408

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