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Aired 10 months ago 22:43
Talking Politics Guide to ... Deliberative Democracy
David talks to Matthew Taylor about whether more deliberation could remedy some of the defects in contemporary democracy. What can deliberative democracy add to traditional forms of political representation and how might it actually work in practice?Talking Points: The key feature of deliberative democracy is the idea that in order to fully tap into citizensâ€™ views of an issue, you need to give them the time, information, and range of opinion to make an informed choice.The deliberative group should be a mini-publicâ€”itâ€™s the same principle as a jury.Deliberative democracy allows you to see the process as well as the outcome. Many citizens change their minds.Deliberation can legitimize representative democracy and make it possible for politicians to take difficult decisions.But there are drawbacks too: it takes a lot of time and it can lead to polarization.Deliberation leads to more long term thinking and creates a sense of shared responsibility between citizens and the government.Some people are suspicious that deliberative democracy is simply an attempt to get progressive politics in by another route.So much of contemporary politics is about crowds, charisma, and slogans. Deliberative democracy is slow and informed.There should have been some kind of deliberative process before Brexit. There was a deliberative process before the Irish referendum, which made something that could have been incredibly divisive into a positive. But it might be too late for Brexit. Politicizing deliberative democracy could undermine it.Deliberative democracy needs to be a habit in order to work properly.Deliberative democracy is a form of democracy that is attractive and uplifting. It could be an antidote to the ugliness of contemporary politics.Deliberation is a gateway reform: if you make it a habit, you can use deliberative methodologies to explore other kinds of democratic reforms. The main barrier is ignorance, not hostility. Once people understand what deliberative democracy is, they tend to be interested.Mentioned in this Episode:Cass Sunstein on polarization and deliberative democracy.Deliberative democracy in Ulaanbaatar.How a citizens' assembly broke Irelandâ€™s deadlock on abortion.Further Learning:David discusses the future of referendums with Gisela Stuart, Jenny Watson, and Alan Renwick.Matthew gives the RSA Chief Executiveâ€™s Lecture on citizens' assemblies.And as ever, recommended reading curated by our friends at the LRB can be found here: lrb.co.uk/talkingSet your alarmsâ€¦ for Sunday, when David talks to Helen about the economic order that was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. What was agreed at Bretton Woods, how did it work, why did it eventually fail, and can any of it be revived?
Aired 8 months ago 11:17
SC Legislature Takes New Look at Asset Forfeiture
A group of 71 SC Legislators gathered yesterday in the lobby of the state houseâ€¦united in their effort to reform civil asset forfeiture in South Carolina.Â It was a bipartisan groupâ€¦lead by Rep Alan Clemmons who talked about a similar bill being introduced in the past that never in his wordsâ€¦â€saw the light of dayâ€ after being filed. According to Rep. Clemmons the thing that has changed is the attitude of lawmakers after The Greenville News started publishing it's investigative series TAKEN. The TAKEN team spent two years documenting every civil asset forfeiture case from 2014 to 2016 in the state â€” more than 3,200 cases involving more than 4,000 people â€” to show police had seized more than $17 million from people. Most of that cash ended up in the hands of police, and reform advocates say that creates an incentive for police to seek profit from forfeiture. The investigation found that in 19 percent of cases no one was charged with a related crime, and in nearly 20 percent of cases someone was charged with a crime but not convicted. Nathaniel CaryÂ is one of the investigative reporters who worked on TAKEN for The Greenville News and joined me on The Morning Answer today.
Aired 3 months ago 40:27
Lisa Cutter Colorado State Representative 112
Lisa Cutter â€“ Colorado State Representative â€“ 112