Professor Dr. Tina Nabatchi of the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Professor Dr. John Gastil of the Penn State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, and colleagues, have edited a new book entitled Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Several of the chapters discuss evaluation of law-related deliberation, particularly regarding ballot initiatives, and at times with reference to empirical research on jury deliberations.
Here is an excerpt from the publisher’s description:
Democracy in Motion represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement. Organized in a series of chapters that address the big questions of deliberative civic engagement, it uses theory, research, and practice from around the world to explore what we know about, how we know it, and what remains to be understood.
Here is the table of contents:
- Introduction to Deliberative Civic Engagement / Tina Nabatchi
- Mapping Deliberative Civic Engagement: Pictures From a (R)evolution / Matt Leighninger
- Who Deliberates? Recruitment and Participation in Deliberative Civic Engagement / David Ryfe and Brittany Stalsburg
- How People Communicate During Deliberative Events / Laura Black
- Deliberative Inclusion in Multicultural Societies / Alice Siu and Dragan M. Stanisevski
- Online Deliberation Design: Choices, Criteria, and Evidence / Todd Davies and Reid Chandler
- Does Deliberation Make Better Citizens? / Heather Pincock
- Deliberation’s Contribution to Community Capacity-Building / Bo I. Kinney
- Assessing the Policy Impacts of Deliberative Civic Engagement / Gregory Barrett, Miriam Wyman, and Vera Schattan P. Coehlo
- Evaluating Deliberative Public Events and Projects / John Gastil, Katie Knobloch, and Meghan B. Kelly
- Listening and Responding to Critics of Deliberative Civic Engagement
/ Loren Collingwood and Justin Reedy
- Advancing the Theory and Practice of Deliberative Civic Engagement: A Secular Hymnal / Michael Weiksner, John Gastil, Tina Nabatchi, and Matt Leighninger