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Latest Issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation

The latest issue of the JPD is out!  14 manuscripts are published in this issue, and authors hail from 8 countries.  This issue contains research articles, essays, and a symposium.  The symposium is an essay series that respond to Larry Diamond’s recent work on liberation technologies. Guest editor, Damien Pfister, coordinated these essays to explore the potential for “de-liberation technologies” to sustain democratic movements.

Check out the latest issue here: http://services.bepress.com/jpd/.

Here are the articles in the current issue (Vol 8, Issue 1), all of which can be downloaded from http://services.bepress.com/jpd/:

  • Bora Kanra, Binary Deliberation: The Role of Social Learning in Divided Societies
  • Mauro Barisione, Framing a Deliberation. Deliberative Democracy and the Challenge of Framing Processes
  • Emmeline Cooper and Graham Smith, Organizing Deliberation: The Perspectives of Professional Participation Practitioners in Britain and Germany
  • Jonathan W. Kuyper, Deliberative Democracy and the Neglected Dimension of Leadership
  • Andrea Felicetti, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp, and Lyn Carson, Collective Identity and Voice at the Australian Citizens’ Parliament


  • Didier Caluwaerts and Juan E. Ugarriza, Favorable Conditions to Epistemic Validity in Deliberative Experiments: A Methodological Assessment
  • Helene E. Landemore, Why the Many Are Smarter than the Few and Why It Matters
  • Wei Zhou, In Search of Deliberative Democracy in China
  • Adolf G. Gundersen and Dennis Boyer, Just-in-Time Exploratory Public Discussion


  • Damien S. Pfister and Getachew Dinku Godana, Deliberation Technology
  • Marcin Lewiński and Dima Mohammed, Deliberate Design or Unintended Consequences: The Argumentative Uses of Facebook During the Arab Spring
  • Tim van Gelder, Cultivating Deliberation for Democracy
  • Shawn M. Powers and William Youmans, A New Purpose for International Broadcasting: Subsidizing Deliberative Technologies in Non-transitioning States
  • Alessandra B. Von Burg, Ron Von Burg, Gordon R. Mitchell, and Allan D. Louden, Emerging Communication Technologies and the Practices of Enhanced Deliberation: The Experience of Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

The Journal is now edited by Tim Steffensmeier and David Procter at the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University.  Lyn Carson of the University of Western Sydney is the Essay Editor.  The Symposium Guest Editor for this issue is Damien Pfister of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ron Lubensky of the University of Western Sydney served as Editorial Assistant.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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