M.A. Anton Windirsch



Deliberation in case of environmental ethical policies and the German discourse on animal welfare

The project investigates the contemporary discourse on animal welfare in order to identify barriers that counteract both ethical and legitimate policy making. This is done by evaluating (a) discourse structures to locate discourse asymmetries and (b) animal ethical positions to derive the type of dissent that characterizes the discourse on animal welfare. Subsequent to the descriptive discourse analysis, normative discourse settings and their policy outputs will be simulated on the basis of quantitative social network models and institutional models to examine whether the theoretically promising concept of deliberative democracy would be beneficial to advance animal welfare politics.



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Political Economy, Political Psychology, Discourse Analysis, Social Network Analysis