Deliberative Capacity of Democratic Systems

Since 2018, I have led a project on the structural and institutional factors that shape democratic deliberation in contemporary democracies. This project seeks to (1) map the institutions that regulate public debate and shape processes of preference formation in contemporary democracies; (2) explain institutional variation across countries; and (3) examine the effects of these institutional differences on the quality of democracy and political attitudes. The project is funded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.


Goenaga, Agustín and Michael Hansen. Forthcoming. “Guy-Guessing Democracy: Gender and Item Non-Response Bias in Evaluations of Democratic Institutions,” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 43 (4), pp. 499-513.

Goenaga, Agustín. (2022). “Who Cares about the Public Sphere”, European Journal of Political Research, 61(1), pp. 230-254.

Hansen, Michael and Agustín Goenaga. (2021). “Gender and Democratic Attitudes: Do Women and Men Prioritize Different Democratic Institutions?”, Politics & Gender, 17(1), pp. 23-52.

Goenaga, Agustín.  “Democracy in Latin America” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Working papers

  • “The Communicative Origins of Social Democracy”
  • “Democratic Satisfaction and the Public Sphere”
  • “Critical Citizenship and Satisfaction with Democracy”
  • “Continuity and Change in the Quality of Democracy in Latin America”, with Maxwell A. Cameron
  • “Mapping public spheres”
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