Between October and December 2010, the first deliberative field experiment in Swiss direct democracy was conducted. The issue of the online experiment was the expulsion initiative („Ausschaffungsinitiative”) of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and the counterproposal of the government and parliament. The expulsion initiative was an emotionally charged issue with a populist dimension, and as such perhaps not well suited for reasoned discussion. At the same time, it is precisely this kind of direct democratic vote where deliberation is perhaps most needed.
Agenda 21 Locale è un processo partecipativo e multisettoriale volto a realizzare obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile a livello locale, attraverso la definizione e l'attuazione di un Piano Strategico di lungo termine che affronta le problematiche ambientali, economiche e sociali considerate prioritarie in un determinato contesto territoriale. Nella provincia di Forlì e Cesena, regione Emilia Romagna, il processo è cominciato nel 2003 ed è attualmente in corso.
This case study was written by Sandy Heierbacher, Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), in 2001 as part of a consultancy with the Center for Disease Control's National Immunization Program.