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The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy
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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,

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 6-9
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. PART I: Deliberative Design and Innovation
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. Chapter 1: Origins of the First Citizens’ Parliament
  2. pp. 13-20
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  1. Chapter 2: Putting Citizens in Charge: Comparing the Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Australia 2020 Summit
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. Chapter 3: Choose Me: The Challenges of National Random Selection
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. Chapter 4: Grafting an Online Parliament onto a Face-to-Face Process
  2. pp. 49-62
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  1. PART II: Exploring Deliberation
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. Chapter 5: Listening Carefully to the Citizens’ Parliament: A Narrative Account
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. Chapter 6: Deliberative Design and Storytelling in the Australian Citizens’ Parliament
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. Chapter 7: What Counts as Deliberation? Comparing Participant and Observer Ratings
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. Chapter 8: Hearing All Sides? Soliciting and Managing Different Viewpoints in Deliberation
  2. pp. 108-119
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  1. Chapter 9: Sit Down and Speak Up: Stability and Change in Group Participation
  2. pp. 120-130
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  1. PART III: The Flow of Beliefs and Ideas
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. Chapter 10: Changing Orientations Toward Australian Democracy
  2. pp. 133-145
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  1. Chapter 11: Staying Focused: Tracing the fFow of Ideas from the Online Parliament to Canberra
  2. pp. 146-160
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  1. Chapter 12: Evidence of Peer Influence in the Citizens’ Parliament
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. PART IV: Facilitation and Organizer Effects
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. Chapter 13: The Unsung Heroes of a Deliberative Process: Reflections on the Role of Facilitators at the Citizens’ Parliament
  2. pp. 177-189
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  1. Chapter 14: Are They Doing What They Are Supposed to Do?: Assessing the Facilitating Process of the Australian Citizens’ Parliament
  2. pp. 190-203
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  1. Chapter 15: Supporting the Citizen Parliamentarians: Mobilizing Perspectives and Informing DiscussionI
  2. pp. 204-217
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  1. Chapter 16: Investigation of (and Introspection on) Organizer Bias
  2. pp. 218-232
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  1. PART V: Impacts and Reflections
  2. pp. 233-234
  1. Chapter 17: Participant Accounts of Political Transformation
  2. pp. 235-247
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  1. Chapter 18: Becoming Australian: Forging a National Identity Through Deliberation
  2. pp. 248-259
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  1. Chapter 19: Mediated Meta-Deliberation: Making Sense of the Australian Citizens’ Parliament
  2. pp. 260-283
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  1. Chapter 20: How NOT to Introduce Deliberative Democracy: The 2010 Sitizens’ Assembly on Climate Change Proposal
  2. pp. 284-288
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  1. Conclusion: Theoretical and Practical Implications of the Citizens’ Parliament Experience
  2. pp. 289-300
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 301-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-314
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  1. Other Works in the Series, Back Cover
  2. pp. 332-333
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