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Policy Impacts of Deliberative Processes

Democracy
Political Participation
Public Policy
Policy Implementation
Political Engagement
Policy-Making
INN239
Lucy Parry
Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra
Julien Vrydagh
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Building: A, Floor: 3, Room: SR12

Friday 09:00 - 10:45 (26/08/2022)


Abstract

Despite the recent increase in deliberative processes around the world, relatively little is known about their consequentiality beyond behavioural impacts on participants (Jacquet and van der Does 2021). What evidence we have suggests mixed results regarding the policy uptake from the recommendations of deliberative and participatory processes (e.g. Smith et al 2015; Vrydagh 2022). At the same time, deliberative processes may have diverse aims for policy impact, including legitimation and support for planned policy as well as influencing or generating new policy (Goodin and Dryzek 2006). This panel offers crucial empirical and theoretical insight into the question of policy impacts of deliberative processes and is an important step towards filling this gap in knowledge and advancing the debate by asking: · To what extent are policy recommendations from deliberative processes implemented in practice? · What should the role of deliberative processes be in providing support for planned policies? · What is the relationship between procedural and structural features of a deliberative process, and their policy impact? References Goodin, R.E. and Dryzek, J.S. (2006) Deliberative Impacts: The Macro-Political Uptake of Mini-Publics. Politics and Society, 34(2): 219-244. Jacquet, V. and van der Does, R. (2020). The Consequences of Deliberative Minipublics: Systematic Overview, Conceptual Gaps, and New Directions. Representation, 57(1):1-11. Smith, G., Gastil, John and Richards Jr, R.C. (2015) The Potential of Participedia as a Crowdsourcing Tool for Comparative Analysis of Democratic Innovations. Policy and Internet. 7(2): 243–262. Vrydagh, J. (2022). Measuring the impact of consultative citizen participation: reviewing the congruency approaches for assessing the uptake of citizen ideas. Policy Sciences (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-022-09450-w

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