The Impact of Deliberative Democracy on Public Opinion Making

Deliberative democracy advocates that political decisions should be based on careful deliberation among the decision-makers.

This would not just enhance the legitimacy of the decisions; the quality of the decisions is also expected to improve.
Another question, however, is whether public deliberation also amends and perhaps qualifies the political opinions of the citizens.

Studies of political spin show that citizens sometimes are rather susceptible to the way political issues are framed. But perhaps deliberative decision-making processes bolster opinions against fleeting influences of spin?

As part of the pilot center this project examines how deliberative democracy modifies the effect of different kinds of political spin – and how that effect may differ among different groups of citizens.

Are some people more influenced by political framing and others by public deliberation?