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The emancipatory effect of deliberation: Empirical lessons from mini-publics

Niemeyer, Simon


This article investigates the prospects of deliberative democracy through the analysis of small-scale deliberative events, or mini-publics, using empirical methods to understand the process of preference transformation. Evidence from two case studies suggests that deliberation corrects preexisting distortions of public will caused by either active manipulation or passive overemphasis on symbolically potent issues. Deliberation corrected these distortions by reconnecting participants' expressed...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Politics and Society
DOI: 10.1177/0032329210395000


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