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The theory and practice of citizens’ juries

Smith, Graham and Wales, Corinne (1999) The theory and practice of citizens’ juries. Policy and Politics, 27 (3). pp. 295-308. ISSN 0305-5736

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557399782453118


Citizens' juries are currently being promoted by a range of organisations which claim that they offer an institutional setting in which citizens are afforded a meaningful opportunity to deliberate on matters of public policy. This article argues that the emphasis on deliberation in citizens' juries should be of interest to theorists of deliberative democracy who often fail sufficiently to address the question of institutional design. The practice of citizens' juries is considered in light of the ideals of deliberative democratic theory. It is argued that with careful attention to the design of the different stages of the jury process, citizens' juries can offer a legitimate and innovative approach to public participation in decision-making processes in contemporary democracies.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:11527
Deposited On:21 Nov 2012 14:10
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