The Irish Citizens’ Assembly on abortion: democratisation or dodging responsibility?

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This was published on Open Democracy last week: The Irish Citizens’ Assembly on abortion: democratisation or dodging responsibility?

I find it very exciting, that the Irish government is returning for their second assembly using sortition – this time without politicians. Although we’ll have to wait and see what they do with the results.

It’s due to start next month.

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  1. For the Irish government, CA is another tool in their arsenal. It is to be applied either when a useful result is expected or when they don’t care what the results are. There is little reason to think that this procedure is a harbinger of democratization of society any more than the introduction of the “popular initiative” (the Oregon system) was.

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