Contributions are invited for a special collection* entitled “Psychological Phenomena in Democratic Deliberation: Research and Practice Spanning Boundaries,” of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy (formerly the Journal of Public Deliberation).
The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.
This special collection will be curated by David L. Brinker (Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University), Michael E. Morrell (Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut), Justin Reedy (Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma), and Robert C. Richards, Jr. (University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service).
A notable focus of recent research on democratic deliberation has been the role of psychological phenomena at the levels of the individual and the group. At the individual level, recent inquiry has furnished novel findings about learning and other aspects of information processing, attitude change, emotions, motivated reasoning, social identity, and the roles of frames and other cognitive structures. At the level of the group, recent research has yielded new results concerning group polarization, group cognition, and group identity. Two patterns characterize much of this recent research. The first is a focus on citizens’ lay conceptualizations of elements of democratic deliberation, such as listening, decision-making procedures, public knowledge, and public participation. The second is the use of concepts from disciplines beyond political science and political psychology—including relational communication and motivational and social psychology—to explain how psychological phenomena that function primarily in areas of participants’ lives unrelated to political deliberation are activated during deliberation and influence deliberative interaction and outcomes. This special collection of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy aims to present current, innovative theorizing and empirical research concerning psychological aspects of democratic deliberation in these and related areas.
We invite manuscripts from scholars around the world, reporting results of theorizing or empirical inquiry concerning the following broad topics related to psychological phenomena in democratic deliberation. Research questions that may be addressed include, but are not limited, to, the following:
(1) Psychological inputs to democratic deliberation:
(2) Psychological aspects of the deliberative process:
(3) Other psychological mediating and moderating variables:
(4) Psychological outputs of democratic deliberation:
For instructions on manuscript preparation, please see the “Author Guidelines” below.Manuscripts will be vetted and refereed.
Manuscripts should be submitted by the submission deadline to Robert Richards by email at email@example.com with the subject line “JDD Special Collection”.
For questions concerning this special collection, please contact the Journal of Deliberative Democracy’s co-editors Nicole Curato (Nicole.Curato@canberra.edu.au) and Kim Strandberg (Kim.Strandberg@abo.fi) or special-collection co-curator Robert Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*A “special collection” is similar to a virtual special issue. Manuscripts accepted for this special collection will be published in regularly scheduled issues of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy. Each manuscript, once accepted for publication, will also be made publicly available on a special web page dedicated to the special collection. In addition, that page will include an essay, written by the curators, providing an overview of the collection and situating the collection in relation to other relevant scholarly literature.
For more information, and to view the Author Guidelines, please click here.
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