Local government and democratic innovations: reflections on the case of citizen assemblies on climate change

King, Martin and Wilson, Rob (2022) Local government and democratic innovations: reflections on the case of citizen assemblies on climate change. Public Money & Management. ISSN 0954-0962 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2022.2033462


A wave of local and national authorities have implemented citizen assemblies to address climate change. This represents a potentially crucial point in the development of citizen assemblies, and offers a new setting in which to explore unresolved questions in the literature about the relationship between deliberative minipublics and the wider public sphere and decision making authorities. This article considers the significance of this recent development and the prospects that citizen assemblies present for sustained, meaningful democratic engagement. We focus on how these events are connected to the wider public sphere and institutions of decision-making. The article argues that these cases reveal normative and practical challenges crucial to understanding the sustainability and success of these events. We observe that traditional approaches to analysing deliberative processes may be limited in their capacity to navigate these challenges, and outline potential approaches that may provide insight into these questions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizen Engagement, Deliberative Democracy, Minipublic, Citizen Assembly, Climate Change, Environment, Public Engagement, Public Participation
Subjects: F900 Others in Physical Sciences
L200 Politics
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2022 09:16
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 14:41
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48193

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