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SAMPAIO, Rafael Cardoso. How deliberative are internet discussions?: a model for understanding online deliberation. Rev. Sociol. Polit. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.42, pp.121-139. ISSN 0104-4478.

This article presents a series of indicators for analysis of internet conversations through the prism of theories of deliberative democracy. The model we propose is made up of an examination of the structure of an on line forum, the evaluation of actors involved in the debate, reflections on the context of discussion and analysis of the "deliberativeness" of the messages themselves, based on Habermas' principles for the public sphere. Finally, the described model of on line deliberation is applied to messages taken from the on line forum, Digital Participatory Budgeting, from Belo Horizonte. Application of the model indicates that the discussion brought positive deliberative results, especially with regard to message justification and respect for other users. Finally, we argue that the model can be widely applied to on line discussions in different platforms, or - with certain adaptations, to other discursive means, such as mass media or live parliamentary debate.

Keywords : Civil Participation; Deliberative Democracy; Public Sphere; Online Deliberation.

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