Citizens’ Assemblies

Citizens’ Assemblies are formed to select randomly the representatives who will make decisions on one-off political or social matters. The assumption is that an assembly that uses a random selection to represent the population from a given district, region or a whole nation, would make decisions in a more informed and deliberative setting, than would have been the case in an electoral process. Citizens’ Assemblies have, for good reason, generally focussed on rare political issues that do not involve money, such as electoral reform or gay rights. This makes them vastly easier to handle competently because they do not involve weighing fiscal trade-offs with competing issues.