, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 203–228

Computer decision-support systems for public argumentation: assessing deliberative legitimacy

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00146-004-0313-2

Cite this article as:
Rehg, W., McBurney, P. & Parsons, S. AI & Soc (2005) 19: 203. doi:10.1007/s00146-004-0313-2


Recent proposals for computer-assisted argumentation have drawn on dialectical models of argumentation. When used to assist public policy planning, such systems also raise questions of political legitimacy. Drawing on deliberative democratic theory, we elaborate normative criteria for deliberative legitimacy and illustrate their use for assessing two argumentation systems. Full assessment of such systems requires experiments in which system designers draw on expertise from the social sciences and enter into the policy deliberation itself at the level of participants.


Argumentation Computer-mediated decisions Decision support systems 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySt. Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of Computer and Information ScienceBrooklyn College, City University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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