'Deliberation Day': A New National Holiday
The authors propose what they term a ‘Deliberation Day’, a special holiday set aside before major national elections for voters to participate in day-long community forums.
Registered voters would meet a week before major elections to discuss and critique policies and programs presented by competing political parties and their representatives.
In this way, the gap between mass elections and considered citizen deliberation is bridged through what the authors call ‘collective informed consent’.
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