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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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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