[FoRK] occupy - deliberative democracy
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at radicalcentrism.org
Tue Aug 14 11:44:07 PDT 2012
On Aug 14, 2012, at 11:14 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> I could imagine implementing this at the level of community government.
> A city might commit to using it for some particular policy question.
And in fact, many of them have. Mostly in China:
> Deliberative polls have been held in China for over five years. The coastal township of Zeguo in Wenling city has a population of 120,000. Fishkin's team selects 175 people who are representative of the general population. Deliberative polling takes place over a 3-day period, and the local government utilizes the priorities of the group. The experiment worked so well that the topic expanded from a single issue the first year (prioritizing public works projects) to the entire budget, and the Chinese are considering the process in other municipalities.
The techniques have been refined and validated at the city and regional level; if we can make it work in California, there's no reason we can't scale it up to federal politics...
-- Ernie P.
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