Making use of mini-publics

Robert E. Goodin, John S. Dryzek

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Democratic theorists often place deliberative innovations such as Citizen's Juries, Consensus Conferences, Planning Cells, and Deliberative Polls at the centre of their hopes for deliberative democratization. This chapter charts the ways in which such minipublics can impact on the 'macro' world of politics. Impact may come in the form of actually making policy, being taken up in the policy process, informing public debates, market-testing of proposals, legitimation of public policies, building confidence and constituencies for policies, popular oversight, and resisting co-option. Exposing problems and failures is all too easy; the chapter highlights instead cases of success along each of these dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovating Democracy
Subtitle of host publicationDemocratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720116
ISBN (Print)9780199547944
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008


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