Developing Deliberative Practice: Argument Quality in Public Deliberations

Researchers at the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, Kansas State University—Timothy Steffensmeier, Assistant Professor, Speech Communication; William Schenck-Hamlin, Professor, Speech Communication; and David Procter, Director, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy—compared the quality of arguments among deliberative forums, public hearings, and online message boards on the topic of banning smoking.