Political Communication and Deliberation

Political Communication and Deliberation

By: John W. Gastil (author)Hardback

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The act of deliberation is the act of reflecting carefully on a matter and weighing the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to a problem. It aims to arrive at a decision or judgment based not only on facts and data but also on values, emotions, and other less technical considerations. Though a solitary individual can deliberate, it more commonly means making decisions together, as a small group, an organization, or a nation. Political Communication and Deliberation takes a unique approach to the field of political communication by viewing key concepts and research through the lens of deliberative democratic theory. This is the first text to argue that communication is central to democratic self-governance primarily because of its potential to facilitate public deliberation. Thus, it offers political communication instructors a new perspective on familiar topics, and it provides those teaching courses on political deliberation with their first central textbook. This text offers students practical theory and experience, teaching them skills and giving them a more direct understanding of the various subtopics in public communication.

About Author

John Gastil is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, where he specializes in political deliberation and group decision making. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 1998, Gastil received his communication Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 and worked for three years at the University of New Mexico Institute for Public Policy. In 1993, Gastil published Democracy in Small Groups (New Society Publishers), and he continued to explore democracy and deliberation at many levels of analysis in By Popular Demand: Revitalizing Representative Democracy through Deliberative Elections (University of California, 2000), The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Peter Levine, Jossey-Bass, 2005), and Political Communication and Deliberation (Sage, 2008). The National Science Foundation has supported three large-scale research programs in which Gastil has served as a principal investigator. The Jury and Democracy Project rediscovered the jury system as a valuable civic educational institution. Gastil has also contributed to the Cultural Cognition Project, which explores the cultural underpinnings of attitudes toward various public policy issues. Most recently, Gastil has worked with Australian colleagues to study the flow of ideas and arguments through the Citizens' Parliament held in Canberra in 2009. Gastil's scholarly articles from these and other projects have appeared in Adult Education Quarterly, Communication Theory, Harvard Law Review, Human Communication Research, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Communication, Journal of Public Deliberation, Political Communication, Small Group Research, and other academic journals.


1. Democracy and Deliberation Three Criteria for the Democratic Process How Deliberation Makes Democracy Work 2. Conversation and Discussion Historical Notes on Political Chatter Imagining a Deliberative Conversation Informal Conversation Moving from Conversation to Discussion Dialogue and Deliberation 3. Mediated Deliberation and Public Opinion Expressing Ourselves Through the Ages What Is Mediated Deliberation? Do We Have a Deliberative Media System Broadcasting (and Shaping) the Public's Voice Visions of a More Deliberative Media 4. Deliberative Elections The Golden Days of Elections A Deliberative Electoral Process and the Deliberative Voter The Modern Electoral System The Deliberative Voter Deliberative Electoral Reforms 5. How Government Deliberates A Foundational Moment in Deliberative History What Would a Deliberative Legislature Look Like? Legislative Deliberation Deliberation and the Executive Branch Judicial Deliberation 6. Deliberation in the Jury Room Legitimacy and the Origins of the Jury System Defining High-Quality Jury Deliberation Jury Deliberation and Decisions Connecting Jury Service and Civic Life Making Juries More Deliberative 7. Citizens and Officials in Public Meetings Archetypal Public Meetings Convening a Deliberative Public Meeting The Default Process: A Public Hearing Deliberative Meetings with Elected Officials Citizen-Centered Public Meetings 8. Deliberative Communities and Societies Old-School Deliberation in Historic Social Movements Visiting a Deliberative Community Societal Analysis Institutional Infrastructure Actively Creating Deliberative Society 9. International Deliberation From the League of Nations to the European Union Conceptualizing International Deliberation Is a Global Constitution Possible? A Global Public Sphere and Discursive Designs 10. Toward a Deliberative Democracy Putting the Pieces Together Taking Action References Index About the Author

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  • ISBN13: 9781412916271
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781412916271
  • ISBN10: 1412916275

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