Michael Neblo

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IN the last decade deliberative democracy has developed rapidly from a “theoretical statement” into a “working theory.” Scholars and practitioners have launched numerous initiatives designed to put deliberative democracy into practice, ranging from deliberative polling to citizen summits. Some even advocate deliberation as a new “revolutionary political(More)
We develop a framework and tools for applying a computer‐assisted context analysis system and find that it achieves levels of accuracy comparable to humans for about 80% less effort when starting from scratch (no labeled examples). The system is presented using a case study of Congressional bill titles as a proxy for the full text of Congressional bills. We(More)
The federal Privacy Rule, implemented in the United States in 2003, as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), created new restrictions on the release of medical information for research. Many believe that its restrictions have fallen disproportionately on researchers prompting some to call for changes to the Rule.(More)
Interest in deliberative theories of democracy has grown tremendously among political theorists, political scientists, activists, and even government officials. Many scholars, however, are skeptical that it is a practically viable theory, even on its own terms. They argue (inter alia) that most people dislike politics and that deliberative initiatives would(More)
If ignored, noncompliance with a treatment or nonresponse on outcome measures can bias estimates of treatment effects in a randomizedexperiment. To identify and estimate causal treatment effects in the case where compliance and response depend on unobservables, we propose the parametric generalized endogenous treatment (GET) model. GET incorporates(More)
Deliberative theorists emphasize that citizens capacity to become informed when given a motive and the opportunity to participate in politics is important for democratic citizenship. We assess this capacity among citizens using a deliberative field experiment. In the summer of 2006, we conducted a field experiment in which we recruited twelve current(More)
The Coevolution of Networks and Political Attitudes David Lazer a b , Brian Rubineau c , Carol Chetkovich d , Nancy Katz & Michael Neblo e a Department of Political Science, Northeastern University b Visiting Scholar, Harvard University c IRL School Department of Organizational Behavior, Cornell University d Public Policy Program, Mills College e Department(More)
March-April 2012 When assigned the task of describing and updating essential health benefits for qualified health plans in the Affordable Care Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services turned to the Institute of Medicine for advice. An IOM committee recommended that “structured public deliberative processes be established to identify the values and(More)