More on the French Citizen Convention on the Climate

A short video published by CESE (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) – the body which organizes the French Citizen Convention on the Climate – provides some details on the process of sampling used for selecting the 150 citizens that serve in the convention.

The process has been sub-contracted to “Harris Interactive” – a market research company. According to the video, the company produces its sample by calling randomly generated phone numbers and inviting those who answer the phone to participate. The responses of those contacted are equally split between those who definitely accept, those who tentatively accept (pending being able to attend on the days of the convention), and those who reject the offer to participate.

As published earlier, the final sample is made by selecting from those who accept the invitation while matching the makeup of the French population in terms of gender, age groups, education attainment and place of residence.

Also on the matter of the Citizen Convention on the Climate: Loic Blondiaux, political science professor in the Sorbonne and member of the governance committee of the Convention was interviewed by FranceInter radio. He sees the Convention as a historic event. He believes that because the Convention is being organized by a body that is independent from the government it really is a democratic process despite the fact that it was initiated by the government.

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  1. *** Among the allotted people, a third did accept to participate to the Convention. It is I think very high – but it is only a third. We cannot consider the Convention is representative.
    *** There will be stratification along some dimensions, therefore the Convention, for instance, will mirror the schooling level of the French populus. But we know that other dimensions will be neglected..

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  2. […] countries Europe in 2019. In France, the Citizens’ climate convention is taking place, where 250 allotted people are tasked with selecting ways to address the climate crisis. This body is relatively high profile […]


  3. […] As is typical to those Citizen Assembly Format practices, the appointment procedure for the CCC was opaque. It was carried out by a private company and involved several points at […]


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