Book

Hope for democracy: how citizens can bring reason back into politics (2020)

in: Oxford scholarship online

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Abstract

'Hope for Democracy' recognizes the primary problems that plague contemporary democracy and offers a solution. It tells the story of one civic innovation, the Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR), which asks a small group of citizens to analyze a ballot measure and then provide recommendations on that measure for the public to use when voting. It relies on narratives of the civic reformers who developed and implemented the CIR and the citizens who participated in the initial review. Coupled with extensive research, the text uses these stories to describe how the review came into being and what impacts it has on participants and the public.