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Deliberation out of the laboratory into democracy : quasi-experimental research on deliberative opinions in Antwerp’s participatory budgeting

Thibaut Renson (UGent)
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The theoretical assumptions of deliberative democracy are increasingly embraced by policymakers investing in local practices, while the empirical verifications are often not on an equal footing. One such assertion concerns the stimulus of social learning among participants of civic democratic deliberation. Through the use of pre-test/post-test panel data, it is tested whether participation in mini-publics stimulates the cognitive and attitudinal indicators of social learning. The main con‐ tribution of this work lies in the choice of matching this quasi-experimental set-up with a natural design. This study explores social learning across deliberation through which local policymakers invite their citizens to participate in actual poli‐ cymaking. This analysis on the District of Antwerp’s participatory budgeting dem‐ onstrates stronger social learning in real-world policymaking. These results inform a richer theory on the impacts of deliberation, as well as better use of limited resources for local (participatory) policymaking.

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Renson, Thibaut. “Deliberation out of the Laboratory into Democracy : Quasi-Experimental Research on Deliberative Opinions in Antwerp’s Participatory Budgeting.” POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES, vol. 2, no. 1, 2020, pp. 3–27.
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Renson, T. (2020). Deliberation out of the laboratory into democracy : quasi-experimental research on deliberative opinions in Antwerp’s participatory budgeting. POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES, 2(1), 3–27.
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Renson, Thibaut. 2020. “Deliberation out of the Laboratory into Democracy : Quasi-Experimental Research on Deliberative Opinions in Antwerp’s Participatory Budgeting.” POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES 2 (1): 3–27.
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Renson, Thibaut. 2020. “Deliberation out of the Laboratory into Democracy : Quasi-Experimental Research on Deliberative Opinions in Antwerp’s Participatory Budgeting.” POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES 2 (1): 3–27.
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Renson T. Deliberation out of the laboratory into democracy : quasi-experimental research on deliberative opinions in Antwerp’s participatory budgeting. POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES. 2020;2(1):3–27.
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T. Renson, “Deliberation out of the laboratory into democracy : quasi-experimental research on deliberative opinions in Antwerp’s participatory budgeting,” POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 3–27, 2020.
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  abstract     = {The theoretical assumptions of deliberative democracy are increasingly embraced
by policymakers investing in local practices, while the empirical verifications are
often not on an equal footing. One such assertion concerns the stimulus of social
learning among participants of civic democratic deliberation. Through the use of
pre-test/post-test panel data, it is tested whether participation in mini-publics
stimulates the cognitive and attitudinal indicators of social learning. The main con‐
tribution of this work lies in the choice of matching this quasi-experimental set-up
with a natural design. This study explores social learning across deliberation
through which local policymakers invite their citizens to participate in actual poli‐
cymaking. This analysis on the District of Antwerp’s participatory budgeting dem‐
onstrates stronger social learning in real-world policymaking. These results inform
a richer theory on the impacts of deliberation, as well as better use of limited
resources for local (participatory) policymaking.},
  author       = {Renson, Thibaut},
  issn         = {2589-9929},
  journal      = {POLITICS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--27},
  title        = {Deliberation out of the laboratory into democracy : quasi-experimental research on deliberative opinions in Antwerp’s participatory budgeting},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5553/PLC/258999292020002001002},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2020},
}

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