The Deliberative Poll on Denmark's Full Integration in the European Police Force (National folkehøring om Europæisk politi) was organized by the Danish Parliament. Across 3 days in 2015, 384 citizens deliberated on the advantages and disadvantages of the European police force.
Problems and Purpose
Like in 2000, in preparation of the referendum on the topic, the Danish Parliament decided to organize a deliberative poll in order to improve the quality of information on the advantages and disadvantages of the European police force. The deliberative poll had two goals. The first was to study whether participants tend to change opinion before and after the deliberative events. They are surveyed several times in that respect. The second goal is to organize a visible public event that would improve the quality of information on the topic (here, furthering European integration). The event was therefore quite visible in the media, and parts of it were broadcasted on Danish National Television.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
The Deliberative Poll on Denmark's Full Integration in the European Police Force followed the typical model of Danish deliberative poll, in which citizens are purely randomly selected from official registers. They are contacted by phone, and then those who have declared interest are re-contacted to make sure they will attend. After several contacts, 384 citizens ultimately took part in the event.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Participants had the opportunity to discuss with experts and politicians (Prime minister, Deputy PM, leaders of parliamentary groups), and then to deliberate in small tables of 18-20 participants about the advantages and disadvantages of furthering the integration of police forces.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Here, the deliberative poll was linked with a referendum about the issue, in which Denmark rejected further EU integration in police services.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
This entry is based on the POLITICIZE dataset. More information can be found at the following links:
- Paulis, Emilien; Pilet, Jean-Benoit; Panel, Sophie; Vittori, Davide; Close, Caroline, 2020, "POLITICIZE Dataset", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/Z7X6GT, Harvard Dataverse, V1
- Pilet J-B, Paulis E, Panel S.,Vitori D & Close C. 202X The POLITICIZE Dataset: an inventory of Deliberative Mini-Publics (DMPs) in Europe. European Political Science.