Limit search to available items
Book Cover

Title Designing deliberative democracy : the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly / edited by Mark E. Warren and Hilary Pearse
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 237 pages) : illustrations
Series Theories of institutional design
Theories of institutional design.
Contents Who should govern who governs? The role of citizens in reforming the electoral system / Dennis F. Thompson -- Citizen representatives / Mark E. Warren -- Institutional design and citizen deliberation / Hilary Pearse -- Agenda-setting in deliberative forums: expert influence and citizen autonomy in the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly / Amy Lang -- Descriptive representation in the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly / Michael Rabinder James -- Do citizens' assemblies make reasoned choices? / André Blais, R. Kenneth Carty, Patrick Fournier -- Communicative rationality in the citizens' assembly and referendum processes / R.S. Ratner -- Deliberation, information, and trust: the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly as agenda setter / Fred Cutler [and others]
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 214-231) and index
Subject British Columbia. Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.
Elections British Columbia.
Democracy -- British Columbia.
Representative government and representation -- British Columbia.
British Columbia -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
Author Pearse, Hilary.
Warren, Mark (Mark E.)
LC no. 2008295679
ISBN 0511385080 (eBook ; ebrary)
0511387903 (electronic bk.)
0511388896 (electronic bk.)
0511491174 (ebook)
9780511385087 (eBook ; ebrary)
9780511387906 (electronic bk.)
9780511388897 (electronic bk.)
9780511491177 (ebook)