“Deliberative democracy is a term that would have been met with blank stares in academic and political circles just a few decades ago.
Yet this approach, which examines ways to directly connect citizens with decision-making processes, has now become central to many calls for government reform across the world.
This surge in interest was firstly driven by the 2008 financial crisis. After the banking crash, there was a crisis of trust in democratic institutions. In Europe and the United States, populist political movements helped drive public feeling to become increasingly anti-establishment…”
Dr Tatjana Buklijas from Koi Tu: Centre for Informed Futures writing for the International Public Policy Observatory