Critical Effects Of Deliberation In Political Politics

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INTRODUCTION Deliberation and deliberative democracy have become a buzzword lately in the circles of political science scholars. Effects of deliberation on the way people form their opinions has become a salient area of research, as the hybrid field of political communication has been on the rise lately. The article which serves as an object of this critical analysis focuses on how various framing choices influence how we accept or reject the arguments presented by the politicians (and other entities which are a part of the decision-making process) and how they influence our opinions on various political issues - in other words, to examine the effects of deliberation on the formation of the public opinion. This essay will thus attempt to present the research article and provide a critical perspective where appropriate, in these segments: theoretical background, methodology, and the hypothesis combined with the results of the experiments, ending with a concluding remarks and criticism. Key words: frames, opinion, positive framing, negative framing, dual framing, deliberation THEORETICAL BACKGROUND As framing of issues is a central thing, a definition is called for. Lilleker (2006, p. 82) describes framing as “the practice of thinking about news items and story content within familiar contexts.“ It is a way of introducing and referring to issues with a preset and much narrowed down contextualization. Frames can therefore work as cognitive shortcuts, or to enable greater

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