Tomorrow’s Europe, the first EU-wide Deliberative Poll

In October 2007, the first EU-wide, indeed the first transnational, Deliberative Poll® gathered a random sample of 362 citizens from all 27 EU member states to the European Parliament building in Brussels, where they spent a weekend deliberating about a variety of social, economic, and foreign policy issues affecting the European Union and its member states. The deliberation, in a total of 23 languages, with simultaneous translation, alternated between small group discussion led by trained moderators and plenary question-and-answer sessions with leading policy experts and prominent politicians.

Deliberative Polling® in the Municipality of Marousi, Greece

One of the two leading political parties in Greece, PASOK, used Deliberative Polling® to select its candidate for mayor in the city of Marousi. Marousi is where the Olympics were held and is in the Athens area. This is the first time that a political party has used Deliberative Polling to democratize candidate selection. The Deliberative Poll serves the same function as a primary. If the experiment is successful, we anticipate wider use for the same purpose.

Deliberative Polling® on Reconciliation in Australia

A history rooted within ethnocentric social paradigms has created a social divide among the Australian population, between the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities. This divide has amplified unfavorable attitudes and negative stereotypes towards Aboriginal people. The inability for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities of Australia to reach a common ground has lead to continual disruptions hindering the establishment of salient public policies for Australian Reconciliation.

Deliberative Polling® on a Single European currency for Denmark

In August 2000, Denmark held it's first national Deliberative Poll. A random sample of 384 Danes discussed whether the nation should participate in the single currency of the Euro. The Danish incarnation of the Deliberative Poll was unique at the time in that participants were polled four times throughout the process. The poll showed increases in knowledge and opinion change. The process and the results produced extensive media coverage before the vote.

Deliberative Polling® on the Referendum to make Australia a Republic

All around the globe, democracies have been deciding more and more policy and constitutional issues by referendum. Referenda present voters with more complex, less easily navigable decisions than elections for office. The relative merits of referendum versus representative democracy depends partly on the degree to which referendum voters can be expected to vote sensibly—in keeping with their own values and interests.