Record:   Prev Next
Author Gastil, John, author
Title Hope for democracy : how citizens can bring reason back into politics / John Gastil and Katherine R. Knobloch
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  JC423 .G3547 2020    AVAILABLE    30650020095242
Descript vii, 231 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes index
"Concerned citizens across the globe fear that democracy is failing them, but civic reformers are crafting new tools that bring back into politics the wider public and its capacity for reason. This book spotlights one such innovation-the Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR). Each review gathers a random sample of twenty voters to study a statewide ballot measure. These citizen panelists interrogate advocates, opponents, and experts and distill what they learn into a one-page analysis for the official Voters' Pamphlet. The Oregon government permanently established the CIR in 2011, and reformers have tested it in locations across the United States and Europe. This book introduces the citizen activists responsible for the development of the CIR, as well as key participants at the inaugural CIR whose experiences changed their lives. Along with these stories, this book provides evidence of the CIR's impact on voters, who not only make better decisions as a result of reading the citizen analysis but also change the way they understand their role in government. The CIR fits into a larger set of deliberative reforms occurring around the world and into a long history of democratic experiments that stretch back through the American revolution to ancient Athens. The book weaves together historical vignettes, contemporary research, and personal narratives to show how citizens, civic reformers, and politicians can work together to revitalize modern democracy"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Deliberative democracy
Deliberative democracy -- United States -- States
Political planning -- Citizen participation
Political planning -- United States -- States -- Citizenparticipation
Referendum -- United States -- States
Political participation
Political participatin -- United States -- States
Democracy -- Social aspects
Alt Author Knobloch, Katherine R., author
Record:   Prev Next