New research shows when civil juries have maximum civic impact

Andrew Ferguson has posted a blog note about research that came out of the Jury and Democracy Project. This latest piece, spearheaded by Cornell University scholar Valerie Hans and University of Washington doctoral student Traci Feller adds to our 2010 book (The Jury & Democracy) an important reanalysis showing the circumstances under which civil juries can affect jurors’ future likelihood of voting. Turns out, it hinges on the size, setting, and structure of the jury, with the greatest civic benefit coming from larger juries using a unanimity rule to resolve cases involving more compelling civil charges.

See the full story at the Huffington Post, or for those inclined to see the details, the complete article is available pre-publication at the Social Science Research Network.




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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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