Deliberative and Participatory Democracy? Ideological Strength and the Processes Leading from Deliberation to Political Engagement

Posted: 4 Jun 2010

See all articles by Magdalena Wojcieszak

Magdalena Wojcieszak

FundaciĆ³n Instituto de Empresa, S.L.

Young Min Baek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael X. Delli Carpini

University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication

Date Written: Summer 2010

Abstract

We draw on a nationally representative sample of American adults who reported having participated in face-to-face deliberation (N = 756). We use structural equation modeling to first ask whether perceived political diversity differently influences follow-up engagement in various civic or political activities among strong, weak, and moderate ideologues. We also examine the processes-cognitive and affective-that lead from perceived diversity to follow-up engagement, and assess whether these processes depend on ideological strength. We find that follow-up political engagement among strong ideologues is primarily affected by their prior civic and political participation. Weak ideologues, in turn, are mobilized through cognitive reactions to perceived diversity, and moderates through affective reactions. Our results add to the debate on deliberative versus participatory democracy, suggesting that research should more closely attend to individual characteristics and underlying mechanisms.

Suggested Citation

Wojcieszak, Magdalena and Baek, Young Min and Carpini, Michael X. Delli, Deliberative and Participatory Democracy? Ideological Strength and the Processes Leading from Deliberation to Political Engagement (Summer 2010). International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 154-180, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1620265 or http://dx.doi.org/edp050

Magdalena Wojcieszak (Contact Author)

FundaciĆ³n Instituto de Empresa, S.L. ( email )

Campus de Santa Cruz la Real
Segovia, 40003
Spain

Young Min Baek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Michael X. Delli Carpini

University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

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