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Deliberation improves collective decisions: Experimental evidence from Kenya

  title={Deliberation improves collective decisions: Experimental evidence from Kenya},
  author={Tara Grillos},
Citizen participation in decision-making has been widely lauded as a method for improving outcomes in international development. While there are normative reasons to encourage more inclusive decisionmaking processes, costly and time-intensive group decision-making processes are often justified on the grounds that they may also improve outcomes. Deliberative discussion, in particular, is believed to be more transformative than a mere aggregation of individual preferences, leading perhaps to more… Expand

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