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Fascinating references on deliberative democracy

Here are some fabulous resources I stumbled upon that vastly
expanded my sense of what is already happening and what is possible in the realm of
deliberative democracy. There is so much exciting stuff going on out there.
(For an overview of this emerging movement see
An overview of the emerging deliberative democracy movement.)
While it is not yet clear how it will all fit together into a wiser
democracy, there is no question about where this particular trend is headed
(among all the other trends in our world, good and bad!). If you have a
real interest in this subject -- deliberative democracy -- don't miss these
provocative, insightful write-ups! (Warning: The only short one is the
last -- followed by the first. The Global Review and Real Utopias writeups
are lengthy, but well worth the read.) -- Tom Atlee

See also: Deliberation

http://www.auburn.edu/academic/liberal_arts/poli_sci/tann/tann2/project2.html
SCIENTIFIC, DELIBERATIVE POLLING/DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY
Includes descriptions of

Citizens Juries/Policy Juries (Jefferson Center) (USA)
Australian Policy Juries in Local Government (Australia)
Televote: Scientific/Informed/Deliberated Public Opinion (USA)
The Honolulu City Council Electronic Hearing (USA)
Americans Talk Issues (USA)
The Center for Deliberative Polling (USA)
Public Agenda Foundation (USA)
Die Pflanungszelle [The Planning Cell] (Germany)
Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)
The Danish Board of Technology (Denmark)

FURTHER INFORMATION ON CITIZEN JURIES
Citizen juries
http://www.jefferson-center.org
http://www.usinternet.com/users/jcenter/british.html
http://frontpage.auburn.edu/tann/cp/juries.htm

A GLOBAL REVIEW OF DELIBERATIVE INCLUSIONARY PROCESSES
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Participatory Environmental Policy Processes:
Experiences from North and South
Tim Holmes and Ian Scoones - 2000
There is a growing recognition across the world that
citizens should play a role in informing and shaping
environmental policy. But how should this be done? This
paper explores one route, where opportunities 'from above'
are created often, but not exclusively so, by the state, and
often through local government policy and planning
processes. A set of approaches - known collectively as
Deliberative Inclusionary Processes (DIPs) - is explored in
different settings through thirty five case studies from both
North and South. Through an examination of lessons
emerging from the case studies, both practical issues and
methodological questions are considered. The latter
questions arise from asking 'who convenes the process?',
'who defines the questions?', and 'how are multiple forms
of expertise accommodated?'. The paper shows how power
relations and institutional contexts critically affect the
outcome of DIPs processes. Without linking such processes
to broader processes of policy change - including
connections to conventional forms of democratic
representation - DIPs may simply be one-off events, and so
their considerable potential for transforming environmental
policy processes would go unrealised.

FROM THE REAL UTOPIAS PROJECT
http://www.archonfung.net/proj/utopias.html
"Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory
Goverance"
edited by Erik Olin Wright and Archon Fung - Lays out the
general principles, institutional designs, and potential pitfalls of
empowered deliberative democracy, and explores five large scale, real-world
"experiments" that incorporate the elements of the model.

"Is Face-to-Face Citizen Deliberation a Luxury or a Necessity for
Democracy?"
by University of Washington Professor John Gastil
http://depts.washington.edu/ccce/events/gastil.htm


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