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  1. Legislature by Lot.John Gastil & Erik Olin Wright (eds.) - 2019
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    Legislature by Lot: Envisioning Sortition Within a Bicameral System.Erik Olin Wright & John Gastil - 2018 - Politics and Society 46 (3):303-330.
    In this article, we review the intrinsic democratic flaws in electoral representation, lay out a set of principles that should guide the construction of a sortition chamber, and argue for the virtue of a bicameral system that combines sortition and elections. We show how sortition could prove inclusive, give citizens greater control of the political agenda, and make their participation more deliberative and influential. We consider various design challenges, such as the sampling method, legislative training, and deliberative procedures. We explain (...)
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    Making Direct Democracy Deliberative Through Random Assemblies.Robert Richards & John Gastil - 2013 - Politics and Society 41 (2):253-281.
    Direct-democratic processes have won popular support but fall far short of the standards of deliberative democracy. Initiative and referendum processes furnish citizens with insufficient information about policy problems, inadequate choices among policy solutions, flawed criteria for choosing among such solutions, and few opportunities for reflection on those choices prior to decision making. We suggest a way to make direct democracy more deliberative by grafting randomly selected citizen assemblies onto existing institutions and practices. After reviewing the problems that beset modern direct-democratic (...)
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  4. Digital Democracy: Episode IV—A New Hope*: How a Corporation for Public Software Could Transform Digital Engagement for Government and Civil Society.John Gastil & Todd Davies - 2020 - Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) 1 (1):Article No. 6 (15 pages).
    Although successive generations of digital technology have become increasingly powerful in the past 20 years, digital democracy has yet to realize its potential for deliberative transformation. The undemocratic exploitation of massive social media systems continued this trend, but it only worsened an existing problem of modern democracies, which were already struggling to develop deliberative infrastructure independent of digital technologies. There have been many creative conceptions of civic tech, but implementation has lagged behind innovation. This article argues for implementing one such (...)
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    Preface to the Special Issue.Erik Olin Wright & John Gastil - 2018 - Politics and Society 46 (3):299-301.
    This special issue explores the theoretical and practical prospects for creating legislative bodies via sortition. This preface summarizes the purpose of the issue and each of the articles therein.
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    Publications Include Hume's Social Philos-Ophy (2007) and Articles in the Journal of Political Philosophy, the Review of Interna-Tional Studies, Thesis Eleven, the European Journal of International Relations, History.Eugene P. Deess, John Gastil & Colin J. Lingle - 2010 - Ethics and International Affairs 24 (1):1-2.