First Monitoring Report of the Quality of the Parliament’s Debate
The Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS) and the Institute for Central, Eastern Europe and Balkans (IECOB) starting from June 2014 are monitoring the quality of the debates in the Macedonian Parliament. The monitoring is part of the project “Parliament Watch! Strengthening the political debate and deliberative discourse” financed by the European Union and co-financed by the Institute for Democracy. Trough applying the ‘Discourse Quality Index’ each speech act in the plenary and in the sessions of eight parliamentary committees, selected based on their importance for political debate and political culture in the country, is being assessed based on several parameters. The main goal of this monitoring is to reach to empirical conclusions about the level and quality of argumentation of the parliamentary debates and to measure to what extent different opinions and standpoints influence and contribute to law-making.
The full document can be found here: http://idscs.parliament%20watch%20-%20monitoring%20report%20of%20the%20quality%20of%20the%20parliaments%20debate%20en.pdf