Public Participation, Deliberative Democracy, and Climate Governance: Learning From the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s energy and Climate Challenges
Public Participation and Climate Governance Working Paper by David Kahane & Mary Pat MacKinnon, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law - 2015
Citizen deliberation processes have a strong track record when it comes to polarized political issues. When designed well, they can move participants from received sound bites to informed conversation; from caricatures of opposing views to mutual respect; and in many cases from mistrust and discord to shared paths forward (e.g. Dryzek 2010, Gastil and Levine 2005, Lukensmeyer 2013). There are, however, persistent questions about the impact of deliberative democratic processes on policy making and governance. There are relatively few processes to evaluate in specific connection with climate change.