Deliberative Democracy

Taking Stock and Looking Ahead - Selen A. Ercan with André Bächtiger

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  • 1 University of Canberra selen.ercan@canberra.edu.au
  • 2 University of Stuttgart andre.baechtiger@sowi.uni-stuttgart.de
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Abstract

Deliberative democracy is a growing branch of democratic theory. It suggests understanding and assessing democracy in terms of the quality of communication among citizens, politicians, as well as between citizens and politicians. In this interview, drawing on his extensive research on deliberative practice within and beyond parliaments, André Bächtiger reflects on the development of the field over the last two decades, the relationship between normative theory and empirical research, and the prospects for practicing deliberation in populist times.

Contributor Notes

André Bächtiger is a Professor and the Chair of Political Theory in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Stuttgart. His research focuses on the challenges of mapping and measuring deliberation and political communication as well as understanding the preconditions and outcomes of high-quality deliberation in the contexts of both representative institutions and mini-publics. His research has been published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and in the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Political Philosophy, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Political Science Review, Political Studies, and Acta Politica. Email: andre.baechtiger@sowi.uni-stuttgart.de

Selen A. Ercan is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Deliberative and Global Governance located at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra; and an Associate Editor of Democratic Theory. Email: selen.ercan@canberra.edu.au

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