Experimenting with a Democratic Ideal: Deliberative Polling and Public Opinion

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The values of deliberation and political equality have proven hard to achieve simultaneously. Deliberative Polling, which embodies both, provides a useful window on deliberative democracy. The results, responding to ‘defeatist,’ ‘extenuationist,’ and ‘alarmist’ critiques, show that ordinary people can deliberate, that they benefit from doing so, and that the process neither biases nor polarizes their opinions.

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Fishkin, J., Luskin, R. Experimenting with a Democratic Ideal: Deliberative Polling and Public Opinion. Acta Polit 40, 284–298 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.ap.5500121

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Keywords

  • Deliberative Polling
  • deliberative democracy
  • political equality
  • informed opinion