Is fake news a threat to deliberative democracy? Partisanship, inattentiveness, and deliberative capacities

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Abstract

Deliberative democracy is increasingly criticised as out of touch with the realities of partisan politics. This paper considers the rise of fake and hyperpartisan news as one source of this scepticism. While popular accounts often blame such content on citizens’ political biases and motivated reasoning, I survey the empirical evidence and argue that it does not support strong claims about the inability of citizens to live up to deliberative ideals. Instead, much of this research is shown to support the deliberative capacities of citizens and points to their potential in helping to reduce the spread of false and misleading content.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Theory and Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Sept 2023

Keywords

  • Partisan Bias
  • Motivated Reasoning
  • Misinformation
  • Deliberative Systems
  • Hyperpartisan News
  • Democratic Theory

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