Disaggregating deliberations effects: An experiment within a deliberative poll

Cynthia Farrar, James S. Fishkin, Donald P. Green, Christian List, Robert C. Luskin, Elizabeth Levy Paluck

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Using data from a randomized field experiment within a Deliberative Poll, this paper examines deliberations effects on both policy attitudes and the extent to which ordinal rankings of policy options approach single-peakedness (a help in avoiding cyclical majorities). The setting was New Haven, Connecticut, and its surrounding towns; the issues were airport expansion and revenue sharing - the former highly salient, the latter not at all. Half the participants deliberated revenue sharing, then the airport; the other half the reverse. This split-half design helps distinguish the effects of the formal on-site deliberations from those of other aspects of the treatment. As expected, the highly salient airport issue saw only a slight effect, while much less salient revenue-sharing issue saw a much larger one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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