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When Citizens DecideLessons from Citizen Assemblies on Electoral Reform$
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Patrick Fournier, Henk van der Kolk, R. Kenneth Carty, André Blais, and Jonathan Rose

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567843.001.0001

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How did the Decisions Come About?

How did the Decisions Come About?

(p.65) 4 How did the Decisions Come About?
When Citizens Decide

Patrick Fournier

Henk van der Kolk

R. Kenneth Carty

André Blais

Jonathan Rose

Oxford University Press

During a long deliberative process, opinion stability is unlikely. This chapter documents the path taken by assembly members' views on electoral systems. It ascertains when preferences emerged, whether they moved afterwards, how volatile they were, and whether the movement was steered by comprehensible factors. The chapter shows that the opinions of ordinary citizens directly involved in an extensive exercise of public decision-making do not evolve chaotically over time. Assembly members' views and preferences about electoral systems developed gradually as they were acquiring information about the various options. These attitudes then remained quite stable over the subsequent months. Very little aggregate or individual volatility characterized the consultation and deliberation phases.

Keywords:   opinion stability, preference formation, attitude change

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