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Hope for democracy : how citizens can bring reason back into politics

Author: John Gastil; Katherine R Knobloch
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gastil, John,
Hope for democracy
New York : Oxford University Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2019039698
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gastil; Katherine R Knobloch
ISBN: 9780190084523 0190084529 9780190084530 0190084537
OCLC Number: 1122684494
Notes: Includes index.
Description: vii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A political life transformed --
Pushing citizens aside --
Losing our minds --
Progressive politics in the Pacific Northwest --
A crucial test --
The best argument wins --
Bureaucracy and boycott --
Back in the wind tunnel --
Can voters deliberate? Restoring public faith --
Conclusion: What's possible?
Responsibility: John Gastil and Katherine R. Knobloch.

Abstract:

"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"--

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