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Who comes strengthened out of public deliberation?: Analyzing changes in political efficacy among participants in a deliberative conference
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Örebro School of Public Affairs)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5485-8577
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Yes (Youth and Society))
2010 (English)In: 3rd ECPR graduate conference, 2010, 1-35 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study reinvestigates the argument that public deliberation promotes political efficacy. We analyse the distribution of changes in level of political efficacy, among participants in a public deliberation project on the issue of European social and economic policy, The European Citizens Consultations (ECC). ECC was a pan-European project involving over 1600 citizens from all EU-member states that participated in 28 deliberative conferences. The analysis shows that while most participants remain more or less unaffected by participating in public deliberation, these processes have both winners and losers. Some participants come strengthened out of participating while others lessen their beliefs in their capacity for political engagement. Our explanatory analysis indicates that prior political efficacy is the strongest determinant of strengthening one’s level of political efficacy in relation to deliberation. Public deliberation does seem to equalize political efficacy among participants, as those participants who had low levels of political efficacy were uninterested and not knowledgeable about politics at the outset, were strengthened by the process to a greater degree. Within this broader pattern we also find that a positive perception of one’s own performance in the deliberation is increasing the positive changes

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2010. 1-35 p.
Keyword [en]
Public deliberation, political efficacy, European Union, political participation
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Social Sciences Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12694OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12694DiVA: diva2:376220
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3rd ECPR Graduate Conference, Dublin 30th of August – 1st of September, 2010
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2017-03-06Bibliographically approved

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