The New Jersey Peoples’ Tax Assembly was a deliberative event conducted in 2003 organized by the New Jersey Coalition for the Public Good. Its aim was to provide recommendations for steps to reform New Jersey’s tax system, commonly seen as unfair. The Tax Assembly involved nearly 100 delegates whose selection was meant to provide appropriate gender and geography representation. These delegates given information to help them form opinions and guide their small group discussions. Facilitators compiled notes from the discussions into a report which was presented to the state legislature.
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This case study features a German party's initiative to encourage citizen feedback and participation. Through the Internet, it allowed anyone from the public to discuss and contribute to the party's basic statement on digital society.