I’ve been thinking recently about strategies to implement sortition – especially incremental strategies that start with relatively small, feasible steps, and then gradually build up to more ambitious goals. I have a special interest in strategies that could be feasible on a municipal level in or near the city where I live (San Francisco), because I’d like to be part of such a project, but I’m also very interested in any strategies people have suggested that might work in any part of the world.
Harald, you recently proposed two strategies:
- Add a small number of allotted members to an existing elected legislature, then increase the number of allotted members
- Conduct one-off sortition exercises (with the allotted bodies having some decision making power) on first a few issues, then more
Kevin O’Leary proposed starting by creating an allotted legislative body (the “People’s Assembly”) that would be advisory only, then later giving it legislative authority.
I’ve been thinking about three other strategies:
- Conducting a foundation-funded, local government supported experiment with a municipal level second chamber chosen by lot (in US cities, the legislative branch is usually unicameral).
- Creating an actual allotted second chamber in a municipality, with legislative authority; then doing the same in a few more municipalities, then replacing one branch of a state legislature with an allotted chamber in a small state or province.
- Creating a single purpose allotted legislative body (say, on health care or environmental legislation), then adding more.
What other strategies do you folks know of?