Deliberative democracy and political parties: functions and consequences

Sergiu Gherghina, Sorina Soare, Vincent Jacquet

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Research on intra-party deliberation focuses extensively on its normative aspects and its potential benefits for democratic quality. Little is known about how deliberation functions in practice and the consequences it has. This symposium aims to fill this gap in the literature by bringing together four examples of political parties that use deliberative practices: the Czech Pirate Party, the Danish Alternativet, the Romanian Demos, and the Spanish Workers’ Socialist Party. The symposium maps the use of deliberation and identifies effects such as high quality of internal decision-making process, legitimacy of those running for public office, and electoral performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • cespol
  • cmap/pol
  • Elections
  • Deliberation
  • Consequences
  • Legitimacy
  • Political parties


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