Designing Deliberative Democracy: The British Columbia Citizens' Assembly
Mark E. Warren, Hilary Pearse
Cambridge University Press, Feb 7, 2008 - Political Science
Is it possible to advance democracy by empowering ordinary citizens to make key decisions about the design of political institutions and policies? In 2004, the government of British Columbia embarked on a bold democratic experiment: it created an assembly of 160 near-randomly selected citizens to assess and redesign the province's electoral system. The British Columbia Citizens' Assembly represents the first time a citizen body has had the power to reform fundamental political institutions. It was an innovative gamble that has been replicated elsewhere in Canada and in the Netherlands, and is gaining increasing attention in Europe as a democratic alternative for constitution-making and constitutional reform. In the USA, advocates view citizens' assemblies as a means for reforming referendum processes. This book investigates the citizens' assembly in British Columbia to test and refine key propositions of democratic theory and practice.
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Who should govern who governs? The role of citizens in reforming the electoral system
Institutional design and citizen deliberation
expert influence and citizen autonomy in the British Columbia Citizens Assembly
Descriptive representation in the British Columbia Citizens Assembly
Do citizens assemblies make reasoned choices?
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Aboriginal accountability agenda agenda-setting Assembly members Assembly on Electoral Assembly’s assess ballot BC Citizens BC-STV Blais British Columbia Citizens CA’s Canada Canadian Carty Chapter citizen representatives consensus constitutional criteria Cutler debate decision decision-making deliberation phase deliberative democracy deliberative forums deliberative polls deliberative process democratic deficits descriptive representation descriptive similarity direct democracy discussion groups elected electoral reform electoral system elites equal ethnic evaluations experience expertise Fournier gender Gibson Habermas important initial institutions interests interviewed issue Johnston knowledge learning phase legislative legislature legitimacy M-LMV majority mandate mixed member proportional non-populists ordinary citizens participants Pearse percent perspective plenary politicians populists preferences proportional representation proposal province public hearings public sphere question reasons recommendation referendum process relevant representative democracy response role single member plurality single transferable vote specific staff structure tion University Press values views visible minorities volume voter choice weekend women’s representation
Page 216 - Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, Making Every Vote Count. The Case for Electoral Reform in British Columbia, Final Report (Vancouver, December 2004), is a short brochure outlining the assembly's work and conclusions.
Page 215 - Todd Donovan, and Jeffrey A. Karp 1999. "Proportional representation and attitudes about politics: results from New Zealand." Electoral Studies 18: 533-55. Banducci, Susan A. and Jeffrey A. Karp 1999. "Perceptions of fairness and support for proportional representation.