institutionalized citizen councils
randomly selected participants
In citizens' assemblies, every person contributes to political decision-making. Everyone with his or her knowledge, skills and experience. If they get the time and the necessary information, citizens are able to create realistic and bold solutions for the common good, without electoral concerns and party pressures.
G1000 calls for this form of democracy to become the standard at all levels of government.
The Citizens' Panels that were central to the Conference [on the Future of Europe] will now become a regular feature of our democratic life.
State of the Union - September 2022
Ursula Von der Leyen
President of the European Commission
Although each individual separately will be a worse judge than the experts, the whole of them assembled together will be better or at least as good judges.
Politics, Book III
We need to make our democracies more inclusive. This requires bold and innovative reforms, such as selecting parliaments by lot instead of election. This would prevent the formation of self-serving and self-perpetuating political classes.
Kofi Annan (1938-2018)
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize 2001
Many of the criticisms against deliberative democracy are similar to those that were first levelled against universal suffrage in another age.They stem from fears that ordinary citizens are not competent enough to handle complex political decisions.
Founder and CEO of DemocracyNext, worked for OECD
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