Towards a Practice of Deliberative Democracy: A Proposal for a Popular Branch
Posted: 14 Jul 2003
Frustrated by the failure of theorists of deliberative democracy to envision concrete institutional design proposals that the theory recommends, the author proposes a fourth branch of government called the Popular Branch. The Article recommends replacement of the initiative and referendum processes with deliberative assemblies, where stratified random samples of lay citizens are compelled to convene and decide policy questions in a jury-like environment. The Article tries to evision how this mechanism for garnering both a civic voice and a popular will could be integrated with the separation of powers and acceptable checks and balances.
Keywords: deliberation, deliberative democracy, popular will, institutional design, Habermas, Fishkin
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