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A citizens' assembly is a body formed from the citizens of a state, or locality to deliberate on an issue or issues of national importance. The membership of a citizens' assembly is randomly selected, as in other forms of sortition.

The purpose is to employ a cross-section of the public to study the options available to the state on certain questions and to propose answers to these questions through rational and reasoned discussion and the use of various methods of inquiry such as directly questioning experts. In many cases, the state will require these proposals to be accepted by the general public through a referendum before becoming law.

The citizens’ assembly aims to reinstall trust in the political process by taking direct ownership of decision-making. To that end, citizens' assemblies intend to remedy the "divergence of interests" that arises between elected representatives and the electorate, as well as "a lack in deliberation in legislatures." W

Climate assembly[edit]

The term is used here to mean any citizens assembly considering, either exclusively or otherwise, a response to climate change or climate emergency.

See also: List of climate assemblies

Resources[edit]

How to's[edit]

  • Climate Assemblies, Democracy in action. Includes guides to help start a climate assembly on a local level.

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Other resources[edit]

  • The Extinction Rebellion Guide to Citizens' Assemblies [1]
  • Basic Standards for Organising Citizens’ Assemblies, May 22, 2019 Extinction Rebellion

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News and comment[edit]

2020

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Mar 20 Scotland news: Could the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland change how politics is done for good? [1]

2019

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Dec 16 Camden: When a neighbourhood assembly becomes a community by @kahui [2]

Sep 14 Camden: How do we discover what matters most to people to help them thrive? noelito [3]

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Interwiki links[edit]

Citizens' assembly W includes sections on disadvantages as well as advantages.

Participatory democracy W

Deliberative democracy W


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