Deliberation, China, and the jury

A wonderful new Time op-ed suggested that instead of appointing commissions to study the debt, etc., Obama should be using deliberative bodies. This particular piece points to the Deliberative Poll variants being used in China (yes, China shames the US once again). But there are other models out there, such as the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review and the Citizens’ Assembly. Though advocates of these processes point back to Athens for inspiration, these deliberative processes all have the jury in their DNA, as well. The jury really has kept the word “deliberation” alive and in our vocabulary.

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About jgastil

John Gastil is Head and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where he specializes in political deliberation and group decision making.
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