The Australian citizens’ parliament and the future of deliberative democracy

Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp, Ron Lubensky

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Growing numbers of scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens recognize the value of deliberative civic engagement processes that enable citizens and governments to come together in public spaces and engage in constructive dialogue, informed discussion, and decisive deliberation. This book seeks to fill a gap in empirical studies in deliberative democracy by studying the assembly of the Australian Citizens Parliament (ACP), which took place in Canberra on February 6 8, 2009. The ACP addressed the question How can the Australian political system be strengthened to serve us better? The ACP s Canberra assembly is the first large-scale, face-to-face deliberative project to be completely audio-recorded and transcribed, enabling an unprecedented level of qualitative and quantitative assessment of participants actual spoken discourse. Each chapter reports on different research questions for different purposes to benefit different audiences. Combined, they exhibit how diverse modes of research focused on a single event can enhance both theoretical and practical knowledge about deliberative democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPennsylvania State University
Number of pages316
ISBN (Electronic)9780271060934
ISBN (Print)9780271060125
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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