Deliberation Across Deeply Divided Societies

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 2017 - Philosophy - 267 pages
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From the local level to international politics, deliberation helps to increase mutual understanding and trust, in order to arrive at political decisions of high epistemic value and legitimacy. This book gives deliberation a dynamic dimension, analysing how levels of deliberation rise and fall in group discussions, and introducing the concept of 'deliberative transformative moments' and how they can be applied to deeply divided societies, where deliberation is most needed but also most difficult to work. Discussions between ex-guerrillas and ex-paramilitaries in Colombia, Serbs and Bosnjaks in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and police officers and locals in Brazilian favelas are used as case studies, with participants addressing how peace can be attained in their countries. Allowing access to the records and transcripts of the discussions opens an opportunity for practitioners of conflict resolution to apply this research to their work in trouble spots of the world, creating a link between the theory and practice of deliberation.

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Introduction page
The Collection of the Empirical Data
Personal Stories and Deliberative Transformative Moments
Rationality and Deliberative Transformative Moments
Humor Sarcasm and Deliberative Transformative Moments
Muteness and Deliberative Transformative Moments
Deliberative Leaders
Deliberative Spoilers
Outcomes and Deliberative Transformative Moments

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Jurg Steiner is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at both the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Universität Bern, Switzerland. He is the author of Deliberative Politics in Action (with André Bächtiger, Markus Spörndli and Marco R. Steenbergen, Cambridge, 2005) and The Foundations of Deliberative Democracy (Cambridge, 2012), and is a frequent consultant on the practical application of deliberation, especially on the Balkans.

Maria Clara Jaramillo is Assistant Professor in International Relations at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Columbia. She has acted as Director of the Diplomatic Academy of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is currently Vice Director of the Defensoria del Pueblo, an institution that is charged with all issues related to human rights.

Rousiley C. M. Maia is Professor of Political Communication at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. She is the author of Recognition and the Media (2014), Deliberation, the Media and Political Talk (2012), Media e Deliberação (2008), and Comunicação e Democracia (with Wilson Gomes, 2008). She is an editor of The International Encyclopaedia of Political Communication (with Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Kevin G. Barnhurst, Ken'ichi Ikeda and Harmut Wessler, 2015).

Simona Mameli is a PhD candidate of political science at Universität Bern, Switzerland. She has a Masters in International and Diplomatic Sciences from Universitá degli studi, Bologna, Italy. As a specialist in the politics of the Western Balkans, she worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Central European Initiative. She currently works on applying the deliberative approach to climate change adaptation measures.

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