Knobloch blog post on how CIR restores public trust

At the Democratic Audit blog, Katherine Knobloch posted a short essay, “Improving access to information and restoring the public’s faith in democracy through deliberative institutions.” Here’s a quick excerpt: Using a two-wave panel survey of registered Oregon voters, we asked participants whether they thought the government was responsive to the public and if they had faith in their own ability to make good governing...

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CIR bill in Oregon fails to establish funding

The Oregon CIR will continue to operate without state funding following the failure to pass Senate Bill 755. For those not in the know, Oregon established the CIR through legislation first in 2009 as a pilot, then in 2011 to set up a Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission that made the CIR a regular part of statewide elections. At the time, Oregon was in a fiscal crisis, so the CIR came without funding. The bill to establish such funding...

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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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