Group deliberation, according to deliberative theorists, is supposed to produce better outcomes, but there is relatively little specification on the nature of improvement beyond appeals to consensus and improved reasoning. This chapter identifies two inter-related concepts of metaconsensus and intersubjective rationality as outcomes that an authentic deliberative process ought to produce. Importantly, these deliberative ends are consistent with ideal deliberative procedure. They are also empirically tractable, where preference transformation can be described in terms of underlying values, and judgments. Methods for assessing deliberative ends are provided and demonstrated using the Bloomfield Track case study.
|Title of host publication||Technologies for Supporting Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making|
|Subtitle of host publication||Cooperative Approaches|
|Editors||John Yearwood, Andrew Stranieri|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2010|