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Everyone CountsCould "Participatory Budgeting" Change Democracy?$
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Josh Lerner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801456657

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801456657.001.0001

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like?

This Is What Democracy Looks Like?

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(p.3) This Is What Democracy Looks Like?
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Everyone Counts
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Josh Lerner

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801456657.003.0001

This chapter discusses how US citizens love democracy in theory but hate it in practice. The problem is not with democracy as a concept. In practice, invitations into public life often amount to little more than clicking on an online petition. What people need are better opportunities to participate in ways that are personal, effective, and engaging. The chapter explains how democracy is not a static concept. Recently, visionaries have developed new ways to engage the public, including 21st Century Town Meetings, Citizens' Initiative Reviews of ballot measures, and Deliberative Polls that yield more informed public opinions across the globe.

Keywords:   democracy, public life, online petition, 21st Century Town Meetings, Citizens' Initiative Reviews, Deliberative Polls

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