Episode 17: Online Deliberation – Evaluation with Dannica Fleuss


This episode ranges from the democratic potential of the online world to an examination of several particular cases.

Dr Dannica Fleuß and her fellow researchers looked at three different online spaces and evaluated them for the quality and forms of their communication. Do different online spaces in a deliberative system affect how people talk and reason? Dannica Fleuß discusses these findings and more in this episode.

Different Arenas, Different Deliberative Quality? Using a Systemic Framework to Evaluate Online Deliberation on Immigration Policy in Germany by Katharina Esau  Dannica Fleuß and Sarah‐Michelle Nienhaus. Here is the link to this article, which is open-access.

Dannica is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in political theory at Helmut Schmidt University (Hamburg) and a research associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (University of Canberra). She is also a co-convenor of the PSA’s Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group and a member of the Switzerland-based DemocracyNet.

Dannica holds a MA in philosophy and political science and a PhD in political science from Heidelberg University. From 2014 until 2017, she worked as a lecturer at the departments of political science and philosophy at Heidelberg University. Dannica’s research focuses on theories of democratic legitimacy, deliberative democracy, philosophy of science, and measurements of deliberation. 

Music acknowledgement.

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