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Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back into Politics

John Gastil and Katherine Knobloch


Concerned citizens across the globe fear that democracy is failing them, but civic reformers are crafting new tools that bring back into politics the wider public and its capacity for reason. This book spotlights one such innovation—the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR). Each review gathers a random sample of twenty voters to study a statewide ballot measure. These citizen panelists interrogate advocates, opponents, and experts and distill what they learn into a one-page analysis for the official Voters’ Pamphlet. The Oregon government permanently established the CIR in 2011, and reformers hav ... More

Keywords: democratic reform, deliberative democracy, minipublic, Citizens’ Initiative Review, political decision making, initiative election, ballot measure, political information, voting, democratic history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190084523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190084523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gastil, author
Professor of Political Science and Communication, Penn State University

Katherine Knobloch, author
Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Colorado