What Happens in Legislative Debates?


Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

A Deliberative Analysis of Two Contrasting Examples
André Bächtiger, University of Bern

About the Seminar
In this seminar, Professor Bächtiger provided an update of the Deliberative Quality Index applied to two controversial bills in the Swiss legislature, one eventually decided relatively consensually and the other by a close majority vote. His analysis revealed different sequences in deliberative style, with elements that run from the reasoned” to the competitive.”

About André Bächtiger
André Bächtiger is the senior assistant of The Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Democracy Seminar Series
The Democracy Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to Harvard Kennedy School for the academic year address critical challenges facing democratic governance.

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