The chapter analyses the deliberative component of selecting formal and informal, local and national, experiences of political participation in Hungary and Poland. The main purpose of our chapter is to reveal the rules that provide spaces for deliberation and describe the attitudes of the main actors who initiate deliberation by bringing examples from Poland and Hungary between 2010 and 2022. Results of the chapter bring to light how different social actors treat deliberation within two polarised societies as the Hungarian and Polish cases show conditions for deliberative practices in relatively young democracies and political systems affected by populism.