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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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Should we Let Citizens Decide?

Should we Let Citizens Decide?

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(p.145) 9 Should we Let Citizens Decide?
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When Citizens Decide
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Patrick Fournier

Henk van der Kolk

R. Kenneth Carty

André Blais

Jonathan Rose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567843.003.0009

Many democratic ideals assume capable participants and fair decision-making. But are citizens politically competent? Do they make wise decisions, or are they likely to pursue impractical or misguided courses of action? By examining three cases in which citizens played an unprecedented policymaking role, valuable insights were offered into the general question of whether or not the people can be trusted with their own government. In this concluding chapter, the findings and the theoretical lessons they inspire are reviewed. It is also argued that certain adjustments of the citizen assembly model should be considered in future implementations.

Keywords:   lessons, findings, insights, adjustments

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