Category Archives: Sortition and citizens’ juries

The framing wars: Have the elites gone off on frolics of their own unsupported by the community?

Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Language like this shows us how fundamental framing has become to political combat. Political debate isn’t just ‘dumbed down’ or simplified. There’s a geography to the ground on which it’s fought and those with an … Continue reading

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We’ve already had Our Very Own Brexit

Cross-posted from the Lowy Institute Blog. Instead of munching popcorn at the political theatre, citizens’ assemblies would give the community a chance to reflect. In what we now see in retrospect as something of a political “golden age” – say … Continue reading

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An unpublished column on Brexit: until now!

From around January this year I’ve tried to get the column below published – in the Guardian UK where my previous column was published. Unfortunately, and even after endless cajoling via the Guardian at this end, I couldn’t get a reply which … Continue reading

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The Future of Politics: by John Burnheim

Politics is about constructing those public goods that are necessary for communities, are a minimum to deal with problems that threaten life itself. In our present situation, the most serious problems are all posed on a global scale, as a … Continue reading

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Citizens’ chambers: towards an activism of selection by lot

In a recent paper, James Fishkin identifies some potential shortcomings of citizen’s chambers which justify his own preference for ad hoc, and temporary citizens’ panels. I think he makes some good points. I think his arguments need further exploration which I … Continue reading

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The people’s voice: as rage and as healing

There’s a spectre haunting Europe … and the rest of the Western world. We have elaborate ‘diversity’ programs in good upper-middle-class places to prevent discrimination against all manner of minorities (and majorities like women). It’s a fine thing. But there’s a … Continue reading

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Democracy and inequality

I was a little crestfallen when, after my public lecture on democracy and sortition at King’s College London was filmed with a few to producing a video and the contractors informed us that the recording was hopelessly corrupted. So I was … Continue reading

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