Explaining Political Efficacy in Deliberative Procedures - A Novel Methodological Approach

Abstract

So far, not much research has been done explaining the change of political efficacy in deliberative procedures, and case studies or experiments prevail in the field. Quantitative, systematic studies of real-life cases are missing. This article contributes to filling this gap. It identifies factors which lead to increased group-related political efficacy in deliberative procedures applying an almost novel method, i.e. a quantitative meta-synthesis combining and aggregating data from case studies. The study focuses exemplarily on Germany. The findings indicate that an improvement of political efficacy is more likely when deliberative procedures take place in a municipality, which has institutionalized citizens’ involvement in a local ‘participatory plan’ (‘local constitution’) and provides respective staff.

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Quantification, Meta-synthesis, Political efficacy, Deliberation, Democratic innovations

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Geissel B. & Hess P., (2017) “Explaining Political Efficacy in Deliberative Procedures - A Novel Methodological Approach”, Journal of Public Deliberation 13(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.280

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Brigitte Geissel (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Pamela Hess (Goethe University)

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