The Institute of Sociology and Social Policy of the Corvinus University of Budapest conducted a Deliberative Poll in the summer of 2008 in Kaposvár, Hungary. The topics were employment, job creation and the employment policy of the European Union. The Hungarian deliberation revealed informed opinion about unemployment.
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The proportion of those who thought that finding a job is one’s own responsibility increased from 26% to 44% after the deliberation, whilst the proportion of those insisting on the government’s responsibility has dropped from about 40% to 21%. PDF
At the end of the process there was majority support for the EU rather than just the member states in most areas—international trade (52%), military action (65%), climate change (83%), foreign aid (71%), energy supply (59%), and diplomatic relations (63%). PDF
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.
The 27 EU countries represent an important share of the world population and wealth. Their decisions are consequential for the entire world. It is therefore important to know what role citizens want their governments and / or the EU to play, if any, on theworld stage
In a unique national experiment, a scientific sample of voters nationwide participated in weekly small group discussions to become more informed about the issues in the Presidential election. PDF
On October 16, just weeks before the national election, nearly 2000 Americans in communities around the country from Seattle to Pittsburgh and Cleveland to Houston joined together in a common deliberation about what’s at stake for the nation as they approach the polls.
Henry E. Brady, James S. Fishkin, Robert C. Luskin The Brookings Review PDF