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Graham Smith

Graham Smith er Professer i statsvidenskab[1] ved Westminster University, England.

  1. Graham Schmidts profil på Westminster University:





Testing Assumptions in Deliberative Democratic Design: A Preliminary Assessment of the Efficacy of the Participedia Data Archive as an Analytic Tool

Af John Gastil, Robert C. Richards Jr., Matt Ryan og Graham Smith, Journal of Public Deliberation Volume 13 Issue 2, Public Deliberation, 2017.


"At smaller social scales, deliberative democratic theory can be restated as an input-process-output model. We advance such a model to formulate hypotheses about how the context and design of a civic engagement process shape the deliberation that takes place therein, as well as the impact of the deliberation on participants and subsequent policymaking. To test those claims, we extract and code case studies from, a research platform that has adopted a self-directed crowd-sourcing strategy to collect data on participatory institutions and deliberative interventions around the world. We explain and confront the challenges faced in coding and analyzing the Participedia cases, which involves managing reliability issues and missing data. In spite of those difficulties, regression analysis of the coded cases shows compelling results, which provide considerable support for our general theoretical model. We conclude with reflections on the implications of our findings for deliberative theory, the design of democratic innovations, and the utility of Participedia as a data archive."

Tracing the Impact of Proposals from Participatory Processes: Methodological Challenges and Substantive Lessons

Af Graham Smith, Joan Font, og Sara Pasadas del Amo, JoPD 12.1, 2016:

Organizing Deliberation: The Perspectives of Professional Participation Practitioners in Britain and Germany

Af Emmeline Cooper og Graham Smith, JoPD 8.1, 16.04.2012:

Defining Mini-publics: Making sense of existing conceptions

Af Graham Smith og Matt Ryan, præsenteret på PSA Annual Conference, Belfast, 3-5 April 2012.


"A vigorous field of study has emerged in the last decade that draws on both democratic theory and practice. While, the traditional democratic institutional concerns of political science have broadly been electoral in nature, this field of study has focused on the emergence of new forms of citizen engagement: not protest or autonomous forms of political action; but rather the emergence of new institutions which provide an occasion for citizens to discuss and debate political issues and, at times, to affect decision making. Attempts to define an organising principle to distinguish these practices have been advanced by a small number of democratic theorists (Fung 2003; Warren 2009; Smith 2009). In their different discussions of mini-publics, authors often refer back to Robert Dahl's vision of the 'minipopulus' but from this shared point of reference, different definitions emerge. It is an important task to clarify what we mean by the term mini-public. Sub-fields of political science have always benefited from early conceptual work in organising their scope and principles. This paper compares and contrasts defintions of mini-public and engages in a process of ground-clearing: attempting to make sense of what is at stake in different conceptions of mini-publics for more substantive investigations."

Beyond the ballot: 57 democratic innovations from around the world

Af Graham Smith, The POWER Inquiry, 05.2005:


Deliberative Mini-Publics: Involving Citizens in the Democratic Process

Redigeret af Kimmo Grönlund, André Bächtiger, Maija Setälä. Udgivet af ECPR Press, 2014.

Om bogen

Forfattere: Claudia Landwehr, Didier Caluwaerts, Aubin Calvert, James S. Fishkin, Marlène Gerber, Kaisa Herne, Dimokritos Kavadias, Michael Morrell, Simon John Niemeyer, Ian O'Flynn, Matt Ryan, Graham Smith, Gaurav Sood, Kim Strandberg, Mark E. Warren.

Forlaget skriver om bogen

"The first comprehensive account of the booming phenomenon of deliberative mini-publics, this book offers a systematic review of their variety, discusses their weaknesses, and recommends ways to make them a viable component of democracy. The book takes stock of the diverse practices of deliberative mini-publics and, more concretely, looks at preconditions, processes, and outcomes. It provides a critical assessment of the experience with mini-publics; in particular their lack of policy impact. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, notably James S. Fishkin and Mark E. Warren, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democracy and democratic innovations."

Andre om bogen

Archon Fung: "Deliberative Mini-Publics offers a multifaceted exploration — at once normative, empirical and practical — of a growing family of institutional innovations that aim to deepen democracy by fostering citizen participation and deliberation that is fair, wise, and inclusive. This volume comes at an urgent moment when many peoples are losing faith in the central institutions that constitute representative democracy — from elections to political parties to the state itself. It offers a science and philosophy to begin to rebuild that faith by reinventing the institutions of democratic engagement."
Simone Chambers: "Mini-publics are an important and exciting innovation in our democratic repertoire. Bächtiger, Grönlund and Setälä have brought together some of the very best scholars working on this subject and produced an outstanding volume that showcases the most up-to-date thinking and the latest research ‒ both empirical and theoretical ‒ on mini-publics. A must-read book for anyone interested in deliberative democracy and citizen participation"
Albert Weale: "Those committed to a deliberative conception of democracy are notable for seeking to see how deliberative theory can be implemented through mini-publics. This strength of deliberative theoretical work can make it hard for the interested reader to follow developments, since there is a wealth of invention and innovation. This invaluable volume provides just what is needed. The contributions bring the reader up to date with developments in theory and practice, and open up new lines of theoretical and empirical enquiry, particularly in relation to the ways mini-publics fall short of requirements of political equality, the understanding of mini-publics in terms of experimental design, and the role of facilitation in deliberative events."
Brigitte Geissel: "This edition on deliberative mini-publics combines in a very innovative way conceptual and empirical research. It takes into account that the question is no longer ‘whether deliberative mini-publics work’, but examines the outcomes and impacts of different concepts, designs and processes. Consequently it is a great starting point for answering the question whether and how deliberative mini-publics can enhance the quality of democracy. It pools all important players in the field, providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of the art and is indispensable for anybody interested in developments towards more deliberative forms of democracy."


If you could chance one thing about democracy what would it be

Vært Nivek K. Thompson, Real Democracy Now!. 4 podcast, gæsterne giver deres bud på den vigtigste ting at ændre i demokratiet, 18.04.2017 - 07.08.2017.

Season 1: Deliberative Mini-Publics

Vært Nivek K. Thompson, Real Democracy Now!, 17 podcast om deliberative mini-public modeller og metoder, 13.10.2016 - 13.02.2017.



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