And Opportunity in Becoming Informed about Politics a Deliberative Field Experiment with Members of Congress and Their Constituents

@inproceedings{Esterling2011AndOI,
  title={And Opportunity in Becoming Informed about Politics a Deliberative Field Experiment with Members of Congress and Their Constituents},
  author={Kevin M. Esterling and Michael Neblo and David Lazer},
  year={2011}
}
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 members of the U.S. Congress to discuss immigration policy with randomly drawn small groups of their constituents. We find that constituents… CONTINUE READING

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