Journal of Public Deliberation
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Journal of Public Deliberation is a peer review, open access journal with the principal objective of synthesizing the research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the multi-disciplinary field of "deliberative democracy."

The Journal is supported by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the International Association for Public Participation, with contributions from: 


Recent Issues

Volume 12, Issue 2 (2016) Special Issue: Equality, Equity, and Deliberation

Guest Editors: Carolyne Abdullah, Christopher F. Karpowitz, and Chad Raphael
Deliberative democrats have long been concerned with creating conditions of political equality. However, if pursuing equality means treating everyone similarly, it risks reproducing and reinforcing hierarchies that exist outside public forums. In contrast, equity means taking into account the advantages and disadvantages that have shaped participants’ experiences, which may require treating participants differently. The articles in this special issue examine how tensions between equality and equity can inform deliberative practice and scholarship.

Volume 12, Issue 1 (2016)

This issue features articles from several different countries including the democratic process in Malawi, framing the discourse on immigration in the USA, and analyzing the fate of proposals from participatory processes in Spanish municipalities. Readers will also find an interesting reflection piece about doing deliberative work in dangerous places which raises questions about the safety of participants, collaboration with government agencies, and working within the constraints of ethical research practices. Finally, there are three book reviews that are likely to be of interest on the topics of democracy and civic engagement.

Volume 11, Issue 2 (2015)

This issue features research from a variety of countries around the globe including Australia, Norway, Canada, and Italy. One essay offers a new model for assessing the legitimacy of deliberative processes. Research studies examine different deliberative designs such as citizen panels, online forums, and governance structures. The articles highlight topics such as prison systems, responses to terrorism, the implementation of online voting, and engaging youth in political discussion. This issue also includes two practice-based Reflections from the Field: one considering how deliberation helped people collaborate on a community orchard, and another that offers lessons learned from deliberative pedagogy. Finally, there are two book reviews that are likely to be of interest to scholars and practitioners in deliberation and public engagement.

Volume 11, Issue 1 (2015)

This issue features articles on online deliberation, institutional design, inclusion, recruitment, voting, culture, divided societies, and more, by authors like John Gastil, Alan Tomkins, Carolina Johnson, and Jennifer Stromer-Galley.  Several of the articles are written by international scholars and highlight cases from Estonia, Switzerland, and Canada (Quebec).  The issue also includes reviews of books by Josh Lerner, Chris Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg, Paula Cossart, and Jose Marichal.

Volume 10, Issue 2 (2014)

This issue highlights deliberative and participatory practices in Colombia, Italy, South Korea, and Spain as well as the U.S.  The articles examine a range of approaches including participatory budgeting, citizen juries, national issues forums, study circles, and informal community organizing. This issue offers advances in research methods and theory, and includes one reflection from the field and three book reviews.

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