The Mini-Public on Transport Policy in 3 Regions of Southern France (Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon) was held as part of a debate on the regulation of Rhône Valley road traffic. 16 people deliberated for 3 weekends.
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The chairing organ was the Commission nationale du débat public.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Sixteen people were selected from the three most impacted regions; they attended 3 information sessions (3 weekends, with experts selected by the chairing organ, the Commission nationale du débat public). During the fourth and last meeting, they had the opportunity to invite additional external speakers.
The selection process is unclear. The polling institute IFOP first selected people according to their age, gender, occupation, educational attainment, and party affiliation (based on the sociodemographic structure of each department), but it is unknown whether quotas were applied ex post or people were randomly drawn from a stratified sample. It is also unclear whether a minimal number of participants was required for each department. Potential participants were further screened by means of phone interviews in order to establish their interest in participating.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
A report was drafted with some policy recommendations (but within a predefined format) and made public in April 2006. Observers criticize the overall lack of visibility of the process. The policy impact remains unknown.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
This entry is based on the POLITICIZE dataset. More information can be found at the following links:
- Paulis, Emilien; Pilet, Jean-Benoit; Panel, Sophie; Vittori, Davide; Close, Caroline, 2020, "POLITICIZE Dataset", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/Z7X6GT, Harvard Dataverse, V1
- Pilet J-B, Paulis E, Panel S.,Vitori D & Close C. 202X The POLITICIZE Dataset: an inventory of Deliberative Mini-Publics (DMPs) in Europe. European Political Science.