Empathy in a Citizen Deliberation Experiment

Kimmo Grönlund, Kaisa Herne, Maija Setälä

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Abstrakti

Despite increased scholarly attention, there is still limited knowledge on how empathy worksin democratic deliberation. This article examines the role of empathy in citizen deliberationwith the help of a deliberative experiment on immigration. First, a random sample of citizenswas surveyed regarding their opinions on immigration. Based on their opinions, they werethen divided into a permissive or a non-permissive enclave, and randomly assigned into likemindedor mixed-opinion groups for deliberation. After deliberation, they were surveyedanew. The study analyzes: (a) empathy differences between permissive and non-permissiveparticipants; (b) changes in outgroup empathy toward immigrants as a result of deliberation;and (c) differences in prosocial behavior (i.e., donating to charity). The results show that thepermissive respondents had more empathy, especially toward immigrants, than the nonpermissiverespondents. Among participants, outgroup empathy increased during deliberation.Regarding prosocial behavior, the permissive participants donated more often to charity atthe end of the experiment.

AlkuperäiskieliEi tiedossa
Sivut457–480
JulkaisuScandinavian Political Studies
Vuosikerta40
Numero4
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

Keywords

  • Deliberative democracy
  • Enclave deliberation
  • Deliberation
  • Empathy
  • Experimental research

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