Eike Mark Rinke
Mediated deliberation

Pp. 813–826 in: Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Kevin G. Barnhurst, Ken'ichi Ikeda, Rousiley C. M. Maia, Hartmut Wessler (Eds.): The international encyclopedia of political communication. 2016. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell
[The Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication]

Mediated deliberation refers to a family of media communication processes conducive to a well-ordered polity as envisioned in deliberative theories of democracy. It is based on the traditional engagement of deliberation scholars with face-to-face small-group communication and has evolved into a distinct program of empirical and normative research. This entry traces the relations to deliberative democratic theory, highlights the differences between mediated deliberation and face-to-face deliberation, provides an overview of the key components of mediated deliberation processes, and outlines future directions in researching mediated deliberation.