Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-2466.2010.01508.x
Title: Measuring participation as communicative action: A case study of citizen involvement in and assessment of a city's smoking cessation policy-making process
Authors: Chang, L. 
Jacobson, T.
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Source: Chang, L., Jacobson, T. (2010-12). Measuring participation as communicative action: A case study of citizen involvement in and assessment of a city's smoking cessation policy-making process. Journal of Communication 60 (4) : 660-679. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-2466.2010.01508.x
Abstract: This article adopts an operational protocol for evaluating participation from Jürgen Habermas's theory of communicative action. The research setting is citizen participation in a city government's policy-making process on smoking in public places. Participation as communicative action is evaluated by the extent to which citizens accept the validity of what policy makers say and by whether citizens feel that they can raise concerns about a proposed policy in unrestricted communication environments. Findings indicate that citizens feel participatory in a decision-making process if they recognize policy makers' validity claims and perceive uncoerced speech conditions. Communicative action variables exercise significant predictability on a dependent variable indicating policy legitimacy. © 2010 International Communication Association.
Source Title: Journal of Communication
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52052
ISSN: 00219916
DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2010.01508.x
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