Making use of mini‐publics

Robert E. Goodin and John S. Dryzek

in Innovating Democracy

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547944
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720116 | DOI:
Making use of mini‐publics

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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 mini-publics 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.

Keywords: deliberative democracy; Citizen's Juries; Consensus Conferences; Deliberative Polls; policy impact; legitimation; market-testing

Chapter.  10985 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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