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Deliberative Abilities and Influence in a Transnational Deliberative Poll (Europois

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Gerber Marlène, Bächtiger André, Shikano Susumu, Reber Simon, Rohr Samuel,
Project Deliberative Reforms in the Political System
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal British Journal of Political Science
Title of proceedings British Journal of Political Science


This article investigates the deliberative abilities of ordinary citizens in the context of ‘Europolis’, a transnational deliberative poll. Drawing from upon a philosophically grounded measureinstrument, an updated version of the Discourse Quality Index (DQI), it explores to what extent how capable European citizens are capable of meeting deliberative ideals; whether socio-economic, cultural and psychological biases affect the ability to deliberate; and whether opinion change is argument-based. On the positive side, Europolis shows that the ideal deliberator scoring high on all deliberative standards does actually exists, and that participants change their opinions more often when rational justification rationality is used in the discussions was higher. On the negative side, deliberative abilities are unequally distributed: in particular,ly working working-class members are less likely to reach contribute to high-quality deliberation.