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Deliberative Politics in Action Analyzing Parliamentary Discourse

edited by: Jürg Steiner, André Bächtiger, Markus Spörndli,Marco R. Steenbergen
published by
: Cambridge University Press
pp: 206
ISBN: 9780521535649
price:$49.99

Book's frontpage

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. As deliberative politics moves to the forefront of political theory, this book makes an important and exciting contribution to deliberative democracy.

 

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).

Author Bio

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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