But Is It for Real? The British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly as a Model of State-Sponsored Citizen Empowerment

@article{Lang2007ButII,
  title={But Is It for Real? The British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly as a Model of State-Sponsored Citizen Empowerment},
  author={Amy Schrager Lang},
  journal={Politics \& Society},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={35 - 70}
}
  • A. Lang
  • Published 2007
  • Political Science
  • Politics & Society
Emerging forms of empowered participatory governance have generated considerable scholarly excitement, but critics continue to ask if such initiatives are “for real”: Are participatory governance processes sufficiently independent? Do citizen participants make good policy choices? An in-depth look at the case of the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform suggests that real citizen empowerment depends on both the institutional constraints of the participa-tory setting and how… Expand
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