Data

Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?
Face-to-Face
General Type of Method
Deliberative and dialogic process
Direct democracy
Long-term civic bodies
Typical Purpose
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Spectrum of Public Participation
Empower
Files
Democracy Through Multi-Body Sortition Athenian Lessons for the Modern Day
Links
Democracy Through Multi-Body Sortition: Athenian Lessons for the Modern Day
Lotteries Instead of Elections? Not So Arbitrary
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
Stratified Random Sample
Number of Participants
Small groups
Medium size groups
Large groups
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Facilitation
Yes
Decision Methods
Voting
General Agreement/Consensus
Idea Generation
If Voting
name:if_voting-key:undefined
Scope of Implementation
Regional
National
Level of Polarization This Method Can Handle
High polarization
Level of Complexity This Method Can Handle
Very High Complexity

METHOD

Multi-Body Sortition

First Submitted By Scott Fletcher, Participedia Team

Most Recent Changes By Scott Fletcher, Participedia Team

Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?
Face-to-Face
General Type of Method
Deliberative and dialogic process
Direct democracy
Long-term civic bodies
Typical Purpose
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Spectrum of Public Participation
Empower
Files
Democracy Through Multi-Body Sortition Athenian Lessons for the Modern Day
Links
Democracy Through Multi-Body Sortition: Athenian Lessons for the Modern Day
Lotteries Instead of Elections? Not So Arbitrary
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
Stratified Random Sample
Number of Participants
Small groups
Medium size groups
Large groups
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Facilitation
Yes
Decision Methods
Voting
General Agreement/Consensus
Idea Generation
If Voting
name:if_voting-key:undefined
Scope of Implementation
Regional
National
Level of Polarization This Method Can Handle
High polarization
Level of Complexity This Method Can Handle
Very High Complexity

A theoretical, multi-body sortition-based system of democratic governance forwarded by political scientist Terrill Bouricius that can be integrated into an existing system or form the basis of a fundamental reform such as replacing one or both elected chambers of a legislature.

Problems and Purpose

The use of multiple allotted bodies in the lawmaking process is designed to overcome five ‘dilemmas’ faced by modern proposals for the integration or use of sortition in current democratic institutions:

  1. Maximizing descriptive representation while ensuring the deliberative body’s members are interested and committed 
  2. Frequently rotating membership to broaden participation and increase resistance to corruption while ensuring members are familiar with the issues under consideration
  3. Ensuring every ensured citizen’s right to participate while avoiding domination by special interests due to self-selection
  4. Maximizing problem-solving through discussion and debate while avoiding polarization and group-think
  5. Investing the deliberative body with broad democratic powers while avoiding the ability for a few unrepresentative members to make arbitrary and/or self-serving decisions[1]

Origins and Development

Participant Recruitment and Selection

How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

[2]

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Sortition

References

[1] Bouricius, Terrill G., "Democracy Through Multi-Body Sortition: Athenian Lessons for the Modern Day," Journal of Public Deliberation, 2013, https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol9/iss1/art11/

[2] Correspondent Lof, "Het kan: een totaal andere inrichting van onze democratie," De Correspondent, February 21, 2014, https://decorrespondent.nl/538/het-kan-een-totaal-andere-inrichting-van-onze-democratie/41621915390-c36f3a9d

External Links

Notes