Center for Deliberative Democracy
The Center for Deliberative Democracy, housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®.
News & Events
There’s a Better Way to Bypass Stalled Officials, The New York Times
At both the local and state levels, there is a way to get voters more involved in setting the agenda, by creating a representative and thoughtful way for the people to determine whether a proposition should go on the ballot.
Deliberation, Single-Peakedness, and the Possibility of Meaningful Democracy: Evidence from Deliberative Polls, The Journal of Politics
Christian List, Robert C. Luskin, James S. Fishkin and Iain McLean
Proposition generated by the California state-wide Deliberative Poll is endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News
Results of National Deliberative Poll in Japan on Energy Choices
Most People are Rationally Ignorant, The European
What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public
'Deliberative polling' is a good 1st step, Asahi Shimbun editorial
Japanese Deliberative Poll on Energy Policy Announced
The central government for the first time will introduce Deliberative Polling® to better reflect public opinion in compiling basic policies for nuclear power and other energy sources.
What the People Want–When They Think About It
James Fishkin's SFGate City Brights post on the "Government Performance and Accountability Act", an initiative that combines the top six proposals from the What's Next California? Deliberative Poll®.
Viewpoints: Californians want to change initiative process, The Sacramento Bee
When Citizens Deliberate, A New Science of Virtues
Deliberative Polling should be used in key policy issues like energy
Asahi Shimbun interview with James Fishkin
The Deliberative Initiative: Returning Direct Democracy to the People
James Fishkin's SFGate City Brights post on charting a new path to a successful California initiative process.
A California experiment in democracy, San Francisco Chronicle
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Deliberative Polling®, developed by Professor James S. Fishkin, is a technique which combines deliberation in small group discussions with scientific random sampling to provide public consultation for public policy and for electoral issues. A number of Deliberative Polls have been conducted in various countries around the world, including China, Japan, Britain, Italy, Bulgaria, Brazil and in the United States, some national and some local.