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Home Workshops Sydney 2011 Research Proposals In what ways could deliberative democracy help elected representatives do their job better?

In what ways could deliberative democracy help elected representatives do their job better?

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An action research project to educate politicians in how D&D would help them serve and represent the public more effectively. A D&D style forum run by practitioners, with academic input, would explain the D&D concept, showcase success stories, enable politicians to question and debate, and work to develop a toolkit for the practical application of D&D in their daily work. Research would measure pre- and post- forum attitudes, and results would be disseminated to international academic and practise audiences.

Notes: Focus would be on Australian and New Zealand elected representatives at the local, state and federal levels, selecting a sample of new MPs. Findings disseminated/compared internationally so are of use to practitioners and academics in the US, Canada, etc.

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Learning from other such initiatives
Worth looking at the processes used and learning from two very powerful events for elected officials on deliberative methods: Champions of Participation and Pioneers of Participation. See http://www.drc-citizenship.org/
David Kahane , 05 Feb 2011 07:25 AM

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