The other point of view of the debate at La Croix

The French newspaper La Croix has recently published two pieces under the title “Of what use is the senate?”. A translation of one of those pieces is here. Below is a translation of the opposing view. Jean-Philippe Derosier: “The senate is in the DNA of our institutions” Jean-Philippe Derosier is a professor of public law […]

Debate at La Croix: Of what use is the senate?

La Croix has recently had an interview with Loïc Blondiaux about the idea of an allotted senate. A few days later, La Croix published two more pieces on this subject, one supporting the idea and one opposing it, under the title “Of what use is the senate?”. Here is a translation of the ‘in-favor’ side […]

2017 review – sortition-related events

This is the end-of-year summary of notable sortition related events for 2017. Readers wrote in their opinion that the most important sortition-related event of 2017 was the adoption by law in Mongolia of deliberative polling as part of its constitutional amendment process. The opinions in the exit survey of the deliberation poll “help shape the […]

Loïc Blondiaux on a citizen senate

A France Insoumise rally at the Place de la République in Paris, July 3rd 2017, Thomas Samson/AFP La Croix has a short interview with Loïc Blondiaux on the idea of a “citizen senate”. Original in French here. My translation, corrections welcome. What could a citizen senate look like? Compiled by Béatrice Bouniol, Sept. 22nd, 2017 […]

Dedieu and Toulemonde: Taking political chances with sortition

Franck Dedieu, a professor at the IPAG Business School, and Charles Toulemonde, a research engineer, write in Le Croix. This short and readable essay is critical of sortition, or at least of the proposals currently discussed in France, but is not completely hostile to the idea. The authors avoid some of the most common knee-jerk […]