The Human Side of Mechanism Design

December 2008 Author: Daniel McFadden, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley Abstract: This paper explores an economist’s view of the rationale for using randomly selected juries of citizens for resource allocation projects such as major infrastructure decisions and tax policy.   Full Research Paper     

Citizens’ Voices – Experiments in Democratic Renewal and Reform

May 2012 Edited by: Gemma M. Carney & Clodagh Harris Deliberative and participatory democracy specialist group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. The ‘Beyond the Ballot’ symposium, held in Dublin in March 2012, was a public, academic and civic event which questioned, criticised, investigated and celebrated the status of democracy. This book, which publishes...

Citizens’ Committes in Local Government: The Role of Committees of Management in Victoria

(PILOT STUDY REPORT) May 2012 Authored by: Dr Annie Bolitho, Associate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne Dr Carolyn Hendriks, Senior Lecturer, The Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University Mr Chad Foulkes, Research Fellow, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University This report summarises the key findings from...Continue reading

Deliberative Collaborative Governance

Margaret Gollagher and Janette Hartz-Karp The intent of the paper is to contribute to the development of more systematic documentation and analysis of deliberative, collaborative governance throughout the globe. It endeavours to select case studies of decision-making processes from around the world that incorporate the coherent voice of public deliberations into policies and decisions, integrating...Continue reading

What Sortition Can and Cannot Do

Keith Sutherland, Department of Politics, University of Exeter; In recent years a number of writers have argued that sortition (the random selection of citizens for public office by lot) should augment the institutions of electoral democracy, but there is little agreement on the precise role that it should play. At one end of the spectrum...Continue reading

Lottery Voting: A Thought Experiment

January 1995 Edited by: Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School – Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 987 This proposal outlines a system whereby votes become, in effect, tickets in a lottery to select representatives. While it potentially allows for odd results in single electorates, on a system-wide basis the law of averages suggests it would yield...

Civic Engagement and the Promise of a New Citizenry

Jonathan Rose, Queen’s University. Occasional paper no. 2. State Services Authority of Victoria, Australia and New Zealand School of Government, February 2009. There is a common refrain among policy advocates, politicians and academics that the key to halting the ever-quickening decline of democratic participation is re-engaging citizens in democratic life. Governments typically respond by adding...Continue reading

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