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The effects of deliberative polling in an EU-wide experiment: Five mechanisms in search of an explanation

Sanders, D (2012) 'The effects of deliberative polling in an EU-wide experiment: Five mechanisms in search of an explanation.' British Journal of Political Science, 42 (3). 617 - 640. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

Deliberative Polls simulate public opinion in a given policy domain when members of the relevant mass public are better informed about the issues involved. This article reports on the results of a three-day Deliberative Poll, conducted before the June 2009 European Parliament elections, to evaluate the effects of deliberation on a representative sample of EU citizens. Findings show that, compared with a control group, deliberators changed their views significantly on immigration (becoming more liberal), climate change (becoming greener) and the EU itself (becoming more pro-European). Five different explanations of why deliberation appears to work are tested: sampling bias, increased political knowledge, discussion quality, small group social conformity pressure and the influence of other Deliberative Poll actors, but none is satisfactory. Copyright © 2011 Cambridge University Press.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Carla Xena Galindo
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 21:24
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3520

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