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.
|Title of host publication||Innovating Democracy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Democratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2008|