Seeking the Soul of Democracy: A Review of Recent Research into Citizens’ Political Talk Culture

Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger ; Lup, Oana

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Swiss Political Science Review : SPSR
Volume: 19
Issue number: 4
Page range: 513-538
Place of publication: Hoboken, NJ [u.a.]
Publishing house: Wiley
ISSN: 1424-7755 , 1662-6370
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politikwissenschaft, Politische Soziologie (Schmitt-Beck 2008-2023)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article provides a review of extant empirical research on ordinary citizens’ everyday political communication, its phenomenology, determinants, consequences, and relevance for demo- cratic politics. It highlights the recent upsurge in interest in the study of political conversations against the background of both classic and more recent developments in democratic theory and empirical research that served as intellectual inspirations. The article discusses conceptual and methodological issues of research into interpersonal political communication and presents key find- ings with regard to the background and consequences of political talk, tapping into fundamental aspects of democratic citizenship such as political preferences, participation, cognitive involvement with politics as well as orientations towards fellow citizens and towards the democratic political system. It concludes with an assessment of the state of the art in this field of study, highlighting desirable avenues for future empirical research.

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