May 26, 2022

Creating Deliberative Democracies | Susan Clark & Tom Prugh

Why effective governance begins on the ground

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Rachel Donald
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“Too many cooks spoil the broth.” That’s the old adage—but could the opposite be true when it comes to politics?


Researchers and writers Susan Clark and Tom Prugh say so. Their research into deliberative democracies show that inviting local communities to take responsibility for local governance improves engagement, depoliticises debate, and achieves excellent results. And the best thing about it? The more people see their impact in the community, the more responsibility they take—creating even better results every time.

What’s even more exciting is the deliberative democracy model scales up. It may not be “fast”, like the political processes we live in today, but it might just be the model we need to empower citizens to confront the climate crisis and hold their leaders to account.

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