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The quality of deliberation in two committees of the European Parliament: the neglected influence of the situational context and the policymaking stage

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Roger, Léa; Schaal, Gary S.

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Abstract In our paper we try to answer two empirical research questions. First, we assess the deliberative quality of discussions in two committees of the EU Parliament. In order to do so, we use a slightly revised version of the DQI. Second, we identify and empirically measure those variables that systematically influence the quality of deliberation in interviews with debate actors. We argue that the quality of deliberation in EU committees is influenced by two normative values: deliberation (common good orientation) and responsiveness (particular interest orientation), with the guiding value determined by the particular situation. Using a multidimensional concept of deliberation, we empirically test the impact of situational variables on specific aspects of deliberative quality. In addition, we take into account the temporal dimension of deliberation.
Keywords EU; European Parliament; politics; layout; political consulting
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 151-169
Journal Politics and Governance, 1 (2013) 2
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution