Citizens' assemblies and the public sphere

John Rountree, Nicole Curato

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This chapter investigates the relationship between CAs and discourse in the public sphere. Rather than consider CAs as authoritative forums, it argues that CAs should be viewed as conduits of public deliberation that are influenced by public discourse and have the potential to reshape public sphere deliberations in turn. This chapter first establishes the normative basis for linking CAs to the public sphere by focusing on their external quality. Then, it uses the empirical literature on CAs to outline three ways they can be linked to public sphere deliberations in practice: by contributing to public deliberation, by inviting public deliberation, or by triggering meta-deliberation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDe Gruyter Handbook of Citizens' Assemblies
Place of PublicationGermany
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783110758269
ISBN (Print)9783110758153
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2023


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