Deliberative Politics in Action: Analyzing Parliamentary Discourse

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August 2008



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.


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).


Jurg 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. Andre Bachtiger is Swiss Chair Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Markus Sporndli is at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Marcus R. Steenbergen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


'The authors of Deliberative Politics in Action provide an extensive review of the literature on deliberative democracy ... impressive research effort.' European Political Science 'The most systematic attempt to operationalize principles for identifying and evaluating deliberation is at the center of the study of parliamentary discourse by Steiner and his associates.' Dennis F. Thompson, Department of Government, Harvard University
EAN: 9780521828710
ISBN: 0521828716
Untertitel: 'Theories of Institutional Desi'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2008
Seitenanzahl: 199 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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