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Political Discussion in Modern Democracies

Political Discussion in Modern Democracies


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About the Book

The study of political discussion has been broken into sub-categories including deliberative democracy, discursive studies, dynamics of interpersonal communication, and discussion network analyses, with substantial numbers of books and articles covering each. However, these areas are often treated distinctly and not brought together in a comprehensive and systematic way.

Political Discussion in Modern Democracies: a comparative perspective reviews the breadth of the different literatures on political science and provides original comparative analyses of the nature of political discussion and its consequences on political deliberation and behaviour in numerous advanced industrial democracies worldwide. It is divided into two main sections that provide both a review of the field and context for the chapters that follow:

  • Part I studies deliberation and discussion as the object of analysis.

  • Part II concentrates on the consequences of political discussion and deliberation.

Covering ten countries across Europe, Asia, and North and South America, this book makes a significant contribution toward broader theories of political communication, deliberative democracy, discussion networks, and political behaviour. It will be of interest to scholars of comparative politics, political communication, political behaviour, governance and democracy.
About the Author:

Michael Wolf is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA.

Laura Morales is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Change, University of Manchester, UK.

Ken'ichi Ikeda is Professor of Social Research and Political Psychology at the Department of Social Psychology, University of Tokyo, Japan.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415548458
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 19
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 288
  • Series Title: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science
  • Sub Title: A Comparative Perspective
  • Width: 156 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0415548454
  • Publisher Date: 19 Jul 2010
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 584 gr


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