Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation

Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation

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by Graham Smith
     
 

Can we design institutions that increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision-making process? At a time when there is growing disillusionment with the institutions of advanced industrial democracies, there is also increasing interest in new ways of involving citizens in the political decisions that affect their lives. This book draws together

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Overview

Can we design institutions that increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision-making process? At a time when there is growing disillusionment with the institutions of advanced industrial democracies, there is also increasing interest in new ways of involving citizens in the political decisions that affect their lives. This book draws together evidence from a variety of democratic innovations from around the world, including participatory budgeting in Brazil, Citizens' Assemblies on Electoral Reform in Canada, direct legislation in California and Switzerland and emerging experiments in e-democracy. The book offers a rare systematic analysis of this diverse range of democratic innovations, drawing lessons for the future development of both democratic theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521514774
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Series:
Theories of Institutional Design Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Studying democratic innovations: an analytical framework 8

2 Popular assemblies: from New England town meetings to participatory budgeting 30

3 Mini-publics: assemblies by random selection 72

4 Direct legislation: direct democracy through the ballot box 111

5 E-democracy: the promise of information and communication technology 142

6 Realizing the goods of democratic institutions 162

Conclusion 194

References 202

Index 217

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