Institutionalising public deliberation: insights from the Scottish Parliament

Stewart Davidson, Alastair Stark

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This article analyses the institutionalisation of public and civic forms of deliberation within the Scottish Parliament. The analysis focuses on the committee system of the Parliament and is constructed around a unique database, created by the authors, which records the nature of all deliberative instances involving parliamentary committees and members of the public/stake-holding groups between 1999 and 2009. Findings emerge from the data which are of relevance to two main audiences. First, those with a concern for the abstractions of deliberative theory are provided with much needed empirical evidence about the institutionalisation of deliberative processes within a national legislature. And second, those with a concern for legislative studies and devolved politics are provided with a novel evaluation of deliberation which feeds into wider debates about the principles of the Scottish Parliament.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-186
Number of pages32
JournalBritish Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • politics
  • Scottish politics
  • participation
  • deliberation
  • democracy


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