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Acta Politica

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 225–238 | Cite as

The Deliberative Dimensions of Legislatures

  • André Bächtiger
  • Markus Spörndli
  • Marco R Steenbergen
  • Jürg Steiner
Part II: Deliberation in Formal Arenas

Abstract

Our research project addressed two questions: (1) are there favorable contexts for deliberation in legislatures? and (2) does deliberation also matter for outcomes? We found that consensus institutions, presidentialism, second chambers, non-publicity, and low-issue polarization further deliberation, particularly by enhancing respectful exchanges among participants. We also found that unanimous or nearly unanimous decisions were typically associated with high-quality deliberation in the preceding debates, while deliberation was almost without any effect on the substantive outcome dimension (conceptualized as more and less egalitarian decisions).

Keywords

measuring deliberation Discourse Quality Index antecedents of deliberation consequences of deliberation 

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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • André Bächtiger
    • 1
  • Markus Spörndli
    • 1
  • Marco R Steenbergen
    • 2
  • Jürg Steiner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität BernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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