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09 April 2024
11:00 - 12:00


Address: Online via Zoom


Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Prof Simone Chambers
Prof Hélène Landemore

CDDGG 10th Anniversary Seminar Series: Are mini-publics enough to promote deliberative democracy?

Are deliberative mini-publics enough to promote deliberative democracy?

For Prof Simone Chambers (University of California Irvine), deliberative mini-publics can be most effective when they serve as opinion leaders and mobilizers in partisan debates within the voting public. Meanwhile, Prof Hélène Landemore (Yale University) argues that self-governed deliberative mini-publics need to be articulated to mass democracy via referenda, citizens' initiative, or right to referral, and serve as generalist, agenda-setting bodies with some legislative powers on their own. 

What role do mini-publics play in promoting deliberative democracy? What kind of power and influence should they have?

You are invited to join this conversation on 8 Apr (US) / 9 Apr 2024 (Australia).

This seminar will be chaired by Prof John Dryzek.

This event is part 3 of a 10-part seminar series on 10 Big Questions on Deliberative Democracy convened by Dr Adele Webb.

This event is online only. Join us on Zoom

About the speakers

Simone Chambers is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of California Irvine.  She has written and published on deliberative democracy, referendums, constitutional politics, the public sphere, secularism, rhetoric, civility, digital misinformation and the work of Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls. She has recently published Contemporary Democratic Theory (2023) with Polity Press.

Hélène Landemore is Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a Faculty Fellow with Yale’s Institute for Social and Policy Studies, where she leads a research agenda on Citizens' Assemblies. In 2022-23, she was part of the governance committee of the second French Citizens' Assembly, the Convention on End-of-Life Issues.


John Dryzek is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and founder of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.

Seminar Convener: Adele Webb
Online floor manager: Ferdinand Sanchez

All Centre seminars are recorded. To access the recording of our seminar series and other events, visit our YouTube channel

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