Deliberative democracy is now an influential approach to the study of democracy and political behaviour. Its key proposition is that, in politics, it is not only power that counts, but good discussions and arguments too. This book examines the interplay between the normative and empirical aspects of the deliberative model of democracy. Jurg Steiner presents the main normative controversies in the literature on deliberation, including self-interest, civility and truthfulness. He then summarizes the empirical literature on deliberation and proposes methods by which the level of deliberation can be measured rather than just assumed. Steiner's empirical research is based in the work of various research groups, including experiments with ordinary citizens in the deeply divided societies of Colombia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgium, as well as Finland and the European Union. Steiner draws normative implications from a combination of both normative controversies and empirical findings.
Jurg Steiner is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at both the University of Bern and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Deliberative Politics in Action (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with Andre Bachtiger, Markus Sporndli and Marco R. Steenbergen) and the textbook European Democracies (8th edition 2012, with Markus Crepaz).
Introduction; 1. Citizen participation in deliberation; 2. Rationality and stories in deliberative justification; 3. Common good and self-interest in deliberative justification; 4. Respect in deliberation; 5. Public openness of deliberation; 6. Force of better argument in deliberation; 7. Truthfulness in deliberation; 8. Deliberation in the media and the Internet; 9. Favorable conditions for deliberation; 10. Favorable consequences of deliberation; 11. The praxis of deliberation; Appendix: newest version of Discourse Quality Index (DQI).