Considered opinions and better citizens : public spiritedness, collective decisions, and issues of measurement

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This dissertation explores the efforts to promote considered opinions and better citizens. The first chapter examines the relationship between deliberation and public spiritedness with scientific samples of the public who participated in seven Deliberative Polls on utility choices, and attempts to answer: a) do people become more public spirited after deliberation in the sense that they are willing to support the provision of public goods; and b) do they do so for identifiable reasons that are about the state of the community and not just the state of their own pocketbook? The second chapter of this dissertation attempts to explain the individual-level preference changes that underpin the aggregate phenomenon of deliberation-induced single-peakedness, which precludes majority cycles -- what individuals come to adopt single-peaked preferences, and more importantly, what underlying mechanisms cause the individuals to move closer to single-peakedness after deliberation? The final chapter of this dissertation examines four types of questions in six national or regional telephone surveys, and attempts to answer whether offering or omitting the middle alternative is good or bad in term of improving measurement validity and promoting more considered opinions.


Type of resource text
Form electronic; electronic resource; remote
Extent 1 online resource.
Publication date 2016
Issuance monographic
Language English


Associated with Wang, Rui
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Communication.
Primary advisor Fishkin, James S
Thesis advisor Fishkin, James S
Thesis advisor Bailenson, Jeremy
Thesis advisor Krosnick, Jon A
Thesis advisor List, Christian
Advisor Bailenson, Jeremy
Advisor Krosnick, Jon A
Advisor List, Christian


Genre Theses

Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility Rui Wang.
Note Submitted to the Department of Communication.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2016.
Location electronic resource

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© 2016 by Rui Wang
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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