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Learning and Voting in Britain: Insights from the Deliberative Poll

After some roadblocks, the authors finally mounted a Deliberative Poll centering on electoral choice, this in connection with the British General Election of May 1, 1997. The weekend before the election, a random sample of the British electorate was gathered to the Granada Television Studio in Manchester, given a chance to consider the some of the key economic issues in the General Election campaign then entering its final days, and, at the end, polled on voting intention. (continue)

Wise Democracy Victoria

Wise Democracy Victoria is a group of citizens concerned about the state of our democracy - in Victoria, in British Columbia, in Canada, and on the planet. Wise Democracy Victoria was initiated by the Victoria Branch of the World Federalist Movement - Canada in the spring of 2006 in order to help create genuine democracy in Victoria and in Canada. It is, however, an independent entity, not connected with the World Federalist Movement or any other organization. The mission of Wise Democracy Victoria is to seek out and investigate processes that can enhance the scope, collabarativeness, and co-intelligence of our democratic system. (continue)

Random Selection of Citizens for Technological Decision Making

This paper considers citizen participation in technological decision-making through random selection deliberative mechanisms such as citizens' jury, consensus conference, televote and deliberative poll. (continue)

Random Selection in Politics

Carson and Martin provide the first accessible and comprehensive overview of "random selection" as a possible process for transforming our modern political systems. Building on the theoretical work of the likes of John Burnheim and Fred Emery and drawing on their own work with social action groups, they outline a set of methods that go beyond the mere tapping of community opinion to reveal not only preferences but a more active role in creating the community. (continue)

Healthy Democracy: Empowering a Clear and Informed Voice of the People

This article proposes that "Citizen Deliberative Councils" can and should be used in a wide variety of ways to increase the potency of our democracy. Citizen Deliberative Councils can increase both the power of "We the People" and the quality of the decisions made and implemented with that power. Citizen Deliberative Councils (CDCs) are temporary, face-to-face councils of a dozen or more citizens whose diversity reflects the diversity of their community, state or country. Usually council members are selected at random, often with additional criteria to ensure gender, racial, socioeconomic and other diversity. (continue)

Healthy Democracy Oregon

Healthy Democracy Oregon was formed to empower the public through new democratic innovations and provide Oregonians with greater opportunities to have a voice in politics. We're working hard to ensure that every Oregonian receives trustworthy, accurate, and balanced information on every statewide ballot measure put to a vote. To do so, we're bringing a new idea to Oregon's initiative process--the Citizens' Initiative Review.... (continue)

Citizens’ Panels

A Citizens' Panel is a large, demographically representative group of citizens used to assess public preferences and opinions. Citizens' panels are made up of a representative sample of a local population and are used by statutory agencies, especially local authorities, to identify local issues and consult service users and non-users. Potential participants are generally recruited through random sampling of the electoral roll or door-to-door recruitment. They are then selected so that membership is made up of a representative profile of the local population in terms of age and gender. (continue)

Putting “Public” Back in Public Health Work

Experts say chances of a deadly worldwide outbreak of pandemic flu are increasing. In order to involve the public in developing plans for how the government would react to such an outbreak, the CDC held four public meetings to hear public views about possible community control measures that could limit the outbreak. This report outlines and evaluates this award-winning project, which sought to put the "public" in public health by effectively allowing people to participate in policy development. (continue)

By Popular Demand: Revitalizing Representative Democracy Through Deliberative Elections

Building on the success of citizen juries and deliberative polling, Gastil proposes improving our current process by convening randomly selected panels of citizens to deliberate for several days on ballot measures and candidates. Voters would learn about the judgments of these citizen panels through voting guides and possibly information printed on official ballots. The result would be a more representative government and a less cynical public. (continue)

Center for Deliberative Democracy

Housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University and established in 2003, the Center for Deliberative Democracy is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling. Developed by Professor James S. Fishkin, Deliberative Polling is a technique which combines deliberation in small group discussions with scientific random sampling to provide public consultation for public policy and for electoral issues. (continue)

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