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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Research report on 2016 Arizona CIR pilot released

The research team that evaluated the 2016 cycle of the Citizens’ Initiative Review has completed its third and final report. Previous reports analyzed the CIR in Oregon and Massachusetts, and this third one looks at the Arizona pilot CIR on Proposition 205, the “Arizona Marijuana Legalization” proposition, which proposed “legalizing the possession and consumption of marijuana by persons who are 21 years of age or older.” The following are...

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CIR research report released on 2016 Massachusetts CIR pilot

Our research team has released its report on 2016 Massachusetts CIR pilot.  The full report is available here. The main findings are shown below. The 2016 Massachusetts CIR panel achieved a high quality of deliberation, which enabled panelists to understand and consider key arguments for and against Question 4 (marijuana legalization ballot measure). The 2016 Massachusetts CIR maintained either the same or a higher level of deliberation...

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Balancing emotion and reason in CIR deliberation

A new article co-authored by three CIR researchers (Genevieve Fuji-Johnson, Laura Black, and Katherine Knobloch)  shows how citizens try to balance emotion and reason during their CIR deliberations. The article is now available in the journal Politics and Policy, which published a blog post on the article. The authors combined direct experience observing CIRs with careful examination of transcripts to reach a number of conclusions about citizen...

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New article on how the public thinks about the CIR process

A new article on the CIR process appeared in the second issue of the new journal, Communication and the Public. This is the first article to draw on the findings of “usability testing” done on the CIR in 2014. That data first appeared in a 2015 report, Empowering Voters through Better Information: Analysis of the Citizens’ Initiative Review, 2010-2014. The new article shows that voters found the CIR Statements to be a useful...

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