Discourse Quality in Deliberative Citizen Forums: A Comparison of Four Deliberative Mini-publics

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Staffan Himmelroos
Publisher: Deliberative Democracy Consortium, International Association for Public Participation
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Journal of Public Deliberation
Journal acronym: JPD
Volume number: 13
Issue number: 1
eISSN: 1937-2841


In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in studies reporting findings from a variety of deliberative citizen forums. Such studies help to develop our understanding of deliberative democracy by exploring changes in opinion and knowledge as well as - more recently - the quality of the deliberative process itself. However, most deliberative forums are organized on an ad hoc basis, making it hard to judge how generalizable the findings from such forums actually are. This article attempts to address this problem by comparing the findings on the quality of deliberation from four different citizen forums. Based on the findings citizen deliberation is generally very respectful, while argumentation is less refined than among elected representatives. The cases included in this study also suggest that women and those with lower education have less influence in the deliberative process.

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