New book on the CIR published

After a decade of studying the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), John Gastil and Katherine R. Knobloch have published a book on the process with Oxford University Press. Hope for democracy: How citizens can bring reason back into politics showcases the CIR and reveals how this process has helped voters better understand the policy issues placed on their ballots. Placed in the larger context of deliberative democratic reforms, Hope for...

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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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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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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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