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Australian democratic innovations typically rely on premises that are fundamentally opposed by populism: random selection and expert knowledge. This populist challenge cannot be ignored, and theorists and practitioners must meet it together.
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In 2014 Marrickville council convened a citizens' jury of 30 local residents and business owners to deliberate on how best to approach the trade-off between the need for investment in infrastructure, and the desire to keep rates low. The process was run by independent research organisation newDemocracy Foundation, who took...
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In 2014 the City of Darebin Council established a participatory budgeting process to engage with the local community over how to spend their $2 million infrastructure fund. Darebin, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, convened a Citizens' Jury of 44 Darebin residents to develop recommendations on how best to use the fund.
newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) is a non-profit, non-partisan research and political action organisation based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2004 by Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, nDF aims to identify improvements to the democratic process. It conducts practical real world trials to show communities that democracy is an area where we can innovate. Random...
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