Part IV: Deliberation at the International Level

Acta Politica

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 368-383

First online:

Assessing the Democratic Quality of Deliberation in International Governance: Criteria and Research Strategies

  • Patrizia NanzAffiliated withUniversity of Bremen, Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS)
  • , Jens SteffekAffiliated withUniversität Bremen, Sfb 597 ‘Staatlichkeit im Wandel’

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In the literature on international governance it is often claimed that deliberation can enhance the rationality and legitimacy of political rule-making beyond the nation state. It is unclear, however, under what conditions such deliberative processes contribute to the emergence of transnational democracy, understood as self-government on a global scale. We address this question and propose a set of criteria that can be used to assess the democratic quality of decision making through empirical research.


deliberation democracy international governance indicators methods