A CIR proposal in South Dakota, but only in name

South Dakota’s legislature is considering establishing a Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission, but the name is possibly the only family resemblance to the CIR process created in Oregon. House Bill 1007 explains that “the Citizen Initiative Review Commission shall be composed of eleven members appointed by the State Board of Elections.” That includes former and current legislators, with Commission members serving four...

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Reporting on CIR to London School of Economics

The US Centre at the Lodon School of Economics requested brief reflections on the impact of the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR). A short article now appears there, “Evidence from Oregon shows that Citizens’ Initiative Reviews can improve voters’ decision-making about ballot measures.” The essays summarizes research on the inaugural CIR, which showed how reading the CIR Statement influences voters....

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New articles on the CIR

New and old data from the CIR research project has produced fresh insights on the CIR process. The newest article comes from Robert Richards, who recently completed a doctoral dissertation at Penn State on the importance of “intersubjectively relevant information.” Richards’ work includes theoretical and experimental studies relevant to the CIR, and his most recent publication uses the CIR to illustrate some of his theoretical...

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Bill to introduce Citizens’ Initiative Review in Massachusetts

Numerous co-sponsors have lined up behind a 2017 bill authored by Representative Jon Hecht and Bradford Hill to introduce Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) in Massachusetts. This follows on the heels of a pilot CIR in Mass., which our research team evaluated in the winter of 2016 (see “Assessment of the 2016 Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review Pilot on Question 4“). Project co-leader John Gastil discussed the 2016 Mass....

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