Scaling up Deliberation to Mass Publics: Harnessing Minipublics in a Deliberative System

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    Abstract

    The first comprehensive account of the booming phenomenon of deliberative mini-publics, this book offers a systematic review of their variety, discusses their weaknesses, and recommends ways to make them a viable component of democracy. The book takes stock of the diverse practices of deliberative mini-publics and, more concretely, looks at preconditions, processes, and outcomes. It provides a critical assessment of the experience with mini-publics; in particular their lack of policy impact. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, notably James S Fishkin and Mark E Warren, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democracy and democratic innovations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDeliberative Mini-Publics: Involving Citizens in the Democratic Process
    EditorsKimmo Gronlund, Andre Bachtiger, Maija Setala
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
    Chapter11
    Pages177-201
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Print)9781907301322
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Niemeyer, S. (2014). Scaling up Deliberation to Mass Publics: Harnessing Minipublics in a Deliberative System. In K. Gronlund, A. Bachtiger, & M. Setala (Eds.), Deliberative Mini-Publics: Involving Citizens in the Democratic Process (pp. 177-201). UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.