Discussion paper

DP18618 An Economic Model of Deliberative Democracy

This paper develops a canonical model of deliberative democracy as part of a policy process. It studies how deliberation affects incentives and behavior in three contexts: (i) compliance with policies (ii) equilibrium policy choices in a representative democracy and (iii) incentives to protest. The paper explores whether there are welfare gains from increased deliberation and how these depend on changes in equilibrium behavior.


Besley, T (2023), ‘DP18618 An Economic Model of Deliberative Democracy‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 18618. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp18618