Deliberation in Parliament: Research Objectives and Preliminary Results of the Bern Center for Interdisciplinary Deliberation Studies (BIDS)

Legisprudence, Special Issue 'Legislation and Argumentation', 2010

26 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2009  

Axel Tschentscher

Bern University - Law School

André Bächtiger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jürg Steiner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marco Steenbergen

University of Bern

Date Written: November 4, 2009

Abstract

Deliberation in parliaments aspires to convey public justification to general norms mandatory for all. Deliberative theory looks at the normative and empirical implications of this institutional role. Within the first sections of this article, we want to explain the relationship between the argumentation requirements derived from discourse theory, the legitimation concept that results from the procedural role of parliaments within the legal framework, and the legitimacy requirement that captures the need for public acceptance. Within the last sections, the empirical analysis of discursive elements within parliamentary debates is discussed.

Keywords: deliberation, discourse, parliament, political philosophy, democratic theory, legitimation, legitimacy, empirical analysis

Suggested Citation

Tschentscher, Axel and Bächtiger, André and Steiner, Jürg and Steenbergen, Marco, Deliberation in Parliament: Research Objectives and Preliminary Results of the Bern Center for Interdisciplinary Deliberation Studies (BIDS) (November 4, 2009). Legisprudence, Special Issue 'Legislation and Argumentation', 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1500011

Axel Tschentscher (Contact Author)

Bern University - Law School ( email )

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André Bächtiger

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jürg Steiner

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Marco Steenbergen

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001
Switzerland

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