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Citizen's assemblies : the people’s voice is needed

By Pete Lawrence, 17 December 2018 21:13
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The people who take part are chosen so they reflect the wider population – in terms of demographics (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social class) and sometimes relevant attitudes (e.g. preferences for a small or large state).
Citizens are chosen at random but with the guarantee that, as a whole, they will be representative of the nation. With the support of neutral experts, they provide the politicians with a clear set of views that can help break the deadlock
A polarised politics has prevented a civil and respectful debate about Brexit. Ireland shows deliberative democracy may help to break the deadlock
A Citizens’ Assembly is a fairly large body of citizens that come together to deliberate on an issue, or set of issues of local, regional or national importance. Participants are usually selected to create a ‘mini-public’ that is broadly representative
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Susannah Browning

My feeling is that various initiatives are working on this area and it needs to be drawn under one platform - Citizens Assemblies fits this profile

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