Citizens’ Initiative Review presented to United Nations
This past weekend (Nov. 9-10), I presented research on the CIR at a UN workshop, Random Assemblies in Constitution Making Processes. This was co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
It was exciting to see the level of interest in using a CIR process to improve the judgment voters might exercise when voting on constitutional referenda. The CIR is just one example of the potential power of minipublics in democratic reform, but it is less controversial as an empowered deliberative body because it improves, rather than supplants, the exercise direct democratic power through referenda.
The presentation can be accessed here at “The Citizens’ Initiative Review as a random assembly method“.