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Exploring Reciprocity in the Deliberative Democratic Creation of Abortion Policy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The 2016 Irish Citizens’ Assembly on the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution is a unique deliberative democratic exercise charged with the formation of a series of policy recommendations to be deliberated by a parliament in the highly charged moral policy area of abortion. An increased amount of attention has been paid to the involvement of Citizens’ Assemblies in an increased number of policy areas but rarely in issues of moral conflict. Previous literature examining the incorporation of citizen assembly recommendations focuses on the effect of structural integration whilst the process of how elites consider those recommendations is neglected. Literature does however highlight that elite behaviour is a factor in the adoption of citizen assembly recommendations, but this is understudied. A further gap highlighted relates to the absence of the normative ideals of deliberative democratic theory in the study of deliberative democratic ventures. Reciprocity is cited as a key normative ideal in the mediation of moral policy conflict. The purpose of this thesis therefore is to bridge this gap. It will do so by applying Gutmann and Thompson’s concepts of reciprocity incorporated in their delineation of the Principles of Accommodation in order to explore elite dispositions towards, and their deliberation of, the Irish Citizens’ Assembly recommendations in the moral conflict area of abortion policy.

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2019. , p. 65
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162525OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-162525DiVA, id: diva2:1344594
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Master's Programme in Political Science
Available from: 2019-08-22 Created: 2019-08-21 Last updated: 2019-08-22Bibliographically approved

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