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 15, Issue 2 (2019) Town Meeting Politics in the United States: The Idea and Practice of an American Myth

This special issue presents an interdisciplinary investigation into New England Town Meetings in the United States. The issue, which is guest edited by Paula Cossart and Andrea Felicetti, includes a collection of essays that were originally published in 2016 in the French journal Participations. The essays have been translated into English and edited for the Journal of Public Deliberation. The issue concludes with two response essays from leaders in the field of public deliberation, who reflect on key lessons from the special issue.

Volume 15, Issue 1 (2019)

Highlights of the current issue include articles on public deliberation from around the world: Ghana’s first deliberative poll to support development, Sweden’s visitor centres in protected sites work as forums for public deliberation on environmental issues, and the differences in participatory budgeting design in Brazil and the United States, and much more. In addition, the outgoing editorial team offers reflections and insights on the Journal - past and future and reviewers share their thoughts on current books on deliberation in the classroom and origins of collective decision making.

Volume 14, Issue 2 (2018) Deliberative Democracy in an Era of Authoritarianism

This is a special issue that considers the relationship of deliberative democracy and authoritarianism. The essays represent a variety of perspectives how deliberative scholars and practitioners should respond to authoritarian threats to democracy, how deliberation relates to other forms of political civic engagement, and what current political trends may mean for future deliberative research and practice.

Volume 14, Issue 1 (2018)

Volume 14, Issue 1 features theoretical and empirical articles that highlight deliberative innovations from around the globe. Articles in this issue take on topics such as the instrumental value of deliberation, the use of interactive theater techniques in deliberation, the role of random selection, policy preferences and information sharing, deliberative counterpublics online, and participatory budgeting. The issue also includes two Reflections from the Field and three book reviews that will be of interest to scholars and practitioners.

Volume 13, Issue 2 (2017)

This issue features state of the art research on deliberative democracy and public participation in a variety of global contexts. Several articles offer advances in research methods, including John Gastil and colleagues’ assessment of the efficacy of using Participedia as a research tool, and Jaramillo and colleagues’ call for more transparency and data sharing in deliberative research.  Research in this issue includes studies of participatory budgeting, stakeholder workshops, focus groups, and youth dialogues in public and university settings. The issue also includes practice-based Reflections from the Field and two book reviews that are likely to be of interest to scholars and practitioners in deliberation and public engagement.

Volume 13, Issue 1 (2017)

We are excited about this issue which features several new authors. The issue includes a focus on deliberative systems, studies of deliberation from around the world, and connections between deliberation and education, religion, and media.  This issue also features two reviews of important new books in our field.

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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