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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Publication details for Dr Andrew Orton

Orton, A. (2014). The Ethical Dimensions of Dialogue Between Policymakers: Learning Through Interaction Over Migrant Integration Dilemmas. Journal of Dialogue Studies 2(2): 25-48.

Author(s) from Durham


This article explores how dialogue between policymakers from different countries can
help generate learning which responds to the dilemmas they face when seeking to integrate
migrants more fully within local communities. These dilemmas include reducing prejudice and
discrimination between those who don’t want to interact, and building collective belonging
whilst valuing the complexity of diverse individual identities. The article highlights ways in
which the ethical dimensions of the dialogue process can interact with the ethical dimensions
of the issues under discussion within such policymakers’ dialogues. In the process, the article
demonstrates how research which adopts dialogical approaches, whilst being critically aware of
these ethical dimensions, can help to address the gaps and limitations in existing policymakers’
understandings, by generating improved exchanges of learning.