A national Deliberative Poll®1 of Bulgaria on policies toward the Roma produced many strong and statistically significant changes in the direction of an integrationist perspective. PDF
The social and economic situation of the Roma is one of the most serious problems caused by the transition in Bulgaria. This issue increasingly affects the whole society. The Roma live in extreme poverty, they are isolated in ghettos, they lack adequate education, and they have few opportunities to find a job. Generations of Roma live only on welfare.
On Friday 15 April 1994 in Manchester, England, a national probability sample of 301 British subjects met for the world’s first Deliberative Poll. The topic was crime, and for the next two days the participants considered and discussed a wide range of policy proposals. They thought aloud in small groups and assembled in larger ones to hear and put questions to panels of experts and representatives of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democratic parties. At the end (as at the beginning), they gave their opinions. The proceedings were taped and edited down to a two-hour television program later shown on Channel 4