This article discusses how the wicked problem of «the mountains» in Aragón, a historical and highly complex conflict, has been approached through deliberation. Our aim is to respond to a larger theoretical issue: the viability and functionality of deliberation as a tool to produce better public policies in a context of high political and social conflict. We conclude that, although it is possible to generate deliberative spaces of quality that produce significant impacts on public policy, high-conflict contexts threaten the delicate deliberative balance. In our case study, in addition, there is a shift from deliberation to negotiation. Operating guidelines in deliberative spaces, the behaviour of the actors and the political leadership are shown as those aspects that determine the success of deliberation in a context of conflict.
|Journal||Revista de Estudios Politicos|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2012|
- Deliberative democracy
- Deliberative quality