New article shows that CIR can boost voters’ sense of political efficacy

Katherine R. Knobloch has been studying the CIR since her doctoral dissertation, and she’s the lead author of the latest article on the CIR. Using two different large datasets, the new article in Political Studies shows that voter awareness and use of the CIR has distinct effects on their civic attitudes. Here’s the full abstract: Deliberative processes can alter participants’ attitudes and behavior, but deliberative minipublics...

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Report released on the 2018 CIR pilots

There were three CIRs held in 2018–one for a regional election in Oregon, one for a statewide ballot measure in California, and a second test in Massachusetts on a statewide ballot question. To learn about these, you can read the report here. It now joins a collection of reports on past CIRs, along with scholarly articles on the CIR, at our Publications...

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Follow the 2019 CIR bill in Massachusetts

The hearing on the bill to establish a CIR in Massachusetts will probably take place this fall (Sept/October, 2019) To see the bill’s progress, click here. Also, the Massachusetts CIR team has a new project site at www.cirmass.org. Research reports on the Mass. pilot CIRs are available for 2018 and 2016....

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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...

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