BMCSpeaks 2017: Forum Results Report

Report                                                    Friday, March 31st, 2017   BMCSpeaks 2017: Mental Health at Bryn Mawr College A Deliberative Forum   In late March, 18 Bryn Mawr students convened for two hours to discuss mental health on campus. In the first hour of the forum, students read over sixty anonymous personal testimonies written by other Bryn Mawr…

Unforeseen Process Challenges

It has been a long while since I have posted on this process blog. It has been a very busy month or so in regard to my thesis. Institutional Review Board (IRB) For several weeks, I was unable to get my project approved by the IRB. It was a constant process of sending in what…

BMCSpeaks 2017 Research Design

How to Explore the Impact Democratic Deliberation has on Decision-Making. Current literature on deliberative democracy suggests that while deliberation does have educative effects, it is not influential of policy or decision-making. Can deliberative democracy work? To what extent do deliberative practices of democracy positively influence policy and decision-making? To answer these questions, I will explore…

Deliberative Democracy in Action

This section of my research still needs work. I am currently working to read more reports of different deliberative forums across the country and across the world. This is what I have on paper so far. Deliberative Democracy in Action This post will discuss past deliberative forums and evaluate their impact on decision-making and governance. As…

Critics of Deliberative Democracy

In this post, I will outline the five main criticisms of deliberative democratic theory and practice. Equality does not exist. The first major criticism of deliberation is that it fails to guarantee equality for all participants. To some, deliberative democracy is considered to be anti-democratic at worst, and unequal at best. (Sanders 1997; Young 2000; Bell…

Support for Deliberative Democracy

Today’s post focuses on the arguments for Deliberative Democracy. You can scroll to the bottom to read the conclusion if you want a “Spark notes”type version. Discussion and feedback is welcome! Deliberative democracy is merit-based. Deliberation is, by design, a merit-based practice. Most often, supporters of deliberative democracy rave that forums have a “reason-giving requirement.”…