Citizens' juries and deliberative democracy

Smith, Graham and Wales, Corrine (2000) Citizens' juries and deliberative democracy. Political Studies, 48, (1), 51-65. (doi:10.1111/1467-9248.00250).


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In the face of widespread dissatisfaction with contemporary democratic practice, there has been a growing interest in theories of deliberative democracy. However theorists have often failed to sufficiently address the question of institutional design. This paper argues that recent experiments with citizens' juries should be of interest to deliberative democrats. The practice of citizens' juries is considered in light of three deliberative democratic criteria: inclusivity, deliberation and citizenship. It is argued that citizens' juries offer important insights into how democratic deliberation could be institutionalized in contemporary political decision-making processes.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0032-3217 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34087
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:31

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