Institution for Social and Policy Studies: “Governing Citizens’ Assemblies Conference”

Event time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall See map
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

The Institution for Social and Policy Studies presents a full day conference. 

“Governing Citizens’ Assemblies.” 

In recent years, citizens’ assemblies — large randomly selected bodies of citizens convened to deliberate about political issues — have become a popular way for governments to address governance and legitimacy issues. These bodies of ordinary people are entrusted with the goal of generating policy recommendations and, sometimes, even legislative proposals on issues such as electoral reform, abortion, same-sex marriage, climate justice, and assisted suicide. As citizens’ assemblies may come to occupy a larger role in democratic governance, important questions need to be addressed: Who holds power within and over citizens’ assemblies? And who should? Citizens’ assemblies have so far been governed from the outside by government officials, experts, and professional facilitators. How much of the power belongs and should belong to the citizen participants themselves?

This day-long conference will bring together academics, political leaders, and practitioners to explore these critical questions. The focus will be on the recent French Citizens Conventions, respectively on Climate and End of Life, which explicitly thematized the question of governance. Each had an appointed “governance committee” running the process as well as some effort to include citizens in the internal decision-making process.

See schedule and register here


Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public