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This article presents the results of the first Deliberative Poll, in which a national British sample discussed the issue of rising crime and what to do about it. We describe Deliberative Polling and its rationale, the representativeness of the deliberative sample, the extent to which the participants acquired factual information about the issue and about(More)
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is Britain's leading centre-left think tank. Its purpose is to contribute to a greater public understanding of social, economic and political questions through research, discussion and publication. Established as an independent charity in 1988, the IPPR has developed a proud and influential record. Through its(More)
At the heart of any notion of democracy is some element of public input into the policy-making process. Inputs can take the form of direct democracy or parliamentary democracy or both. Parliamentary democracy is a form of representative democracy, in which the electorate determines who its representatives are; the majority party or coalition forms the(More)
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