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Deliberative Politics in Action
Analyzing Parliamentary Discourse

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521535649

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  • Stressing the role of conversation, argument and negotiation in politics, particularly in democratic government, this book offers an empirical study of deliberative politics. Using the parliamentary debates in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States as an empirical base, the authors measure the level of deliberation by constructing a discourse quality index, characterized by a high inter-coder reliability.

    • The first empirical study of the role of conversation and arguments in politics, based on analysis of parliamentary debates
    • Supplements the philosophical approach to deliberation with a unique empirical approach, measuring the effects of deliberation on outcomes
    • Will appeal to political philosophers, scholars of political institutions and to those interested in comparative politics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Deliberative democracy is no longer a topic for political theorists only. [The authors] offer 'a helping hand' (p. 42) to the theorists by empirically investigating real-world deliberations...Deliberative Politics in Action contributes some important insights into the institutional conditions of deliberation."
    Political Science Quarterly, Christian f. Rostboll, Arizona State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521535649
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.338kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the research questions
    1. Institutions and behaviour: the example of consociational theory
    2. The philosophical literature on deliberative politics
    3. Measuring deliberation: a Discourse Quality Index
    4. Understanding the real world of deliberation: hypotheses about antecedents and consequences
    5. The institutional antecedents of discourse
    6. Discourse and its consequences
    Conclusion and research outlook
    Appendix: Discourse Quality Index (DQI).

  • Authors

    Jürg Steiner, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Jürg Steiner is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Bern. He is also Swiss Chair at the European University Institute in Florence.

    André Bächtiger, European University Institute, Florence
    André Bächtiger is Swiss Chair Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

    Markus Spörndli, Universität Bern, Switzerland
    Markus Spörndli is at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

    Marco R. Steenbergen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Marcus R. Steenbergen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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