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The Effects of Deliberative Polling in an EU-wide Experiment: Five Mechanisms in Search of an Explanation

Sanders, David (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). pp. 617-640. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

<jats:p>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.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 21:24
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:04
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3520

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