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What are the affects of deliberation?

Evidence of the affects of deliberation on participants and decision making

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The impact of deliberation on participants’ opinions

Published: March 4, 2017

One of rationales for deliberation put forward by deliberative democracy theorists is that it improves the quality of the public’s opinion. According to Tina Nabatchi and colleagues, this view draws on ‘several decades of public opinion research that paints a picture of a rationally ignorant or uninformed public, who express meaningless doorstep opinions and non-attitudes,…

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The impact of deliberation on empathy and common interest

Published: March 4, 2017

The type of opinion change that deliberative theorists and practitioners are typically most interested in is where citizens become more sensitive to the views and interests of others, which has been termed pro-social behaviour. As John Stuart Mill argued, the expectation is that when a citizen participates in public discourse: ‘He is called upon, while…

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The impact of cognitive bias on deliberation

Published: March 4, 2017

While there is significant empirical evidence to suggest that participants can become more informed, change their opinion and become more “pro-social” as a result of deliberation, there is also a large body of research that suggests that individuals may also do the contrary – entrench and make the available information fit with their pre-existing and…

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