The other point of view of the debate at La Croix

The French newspaper La Croix has recently published two pieces under the title “Of what use is the senate?”. A translation of one of those pieces is here. Below is a translation of the opposing view. Jean-Philippe Derosier: “The senate is in the DNA of our institutions” Jean-Philippe Derosier is a professor of public law […]

Debate at La Croix: Of what use is the senate?

La Croix has recently had an interview with Loïc Blondiaux about the idea of an allotted senate. A few days later, La Croix published two more pieces on this subject, one supporting the idea and one opposing it, under the title “Of what use is the senate?”. Here is a translation of the ‘in-favor’ side […]

2017 review – sortition-related events

This is the end-of-year summary of notable sortition related events for 2017. Readers wrote that in their opinion the most important sortition-related event of 2017 was the adoption by law in Mongolia of deliberative polling as part of its constitutional amendment process. The opinions in the exit survey of the deliberation poll “help shape the […]

The Climate Convention: the allotted don’t want to be extras

An article by Béatrice Bouniol in La Croix, September 19 [Original in French]. The allotment of citizens tasked with making proposals for handling with the climate. This unprecedented experiment arouses excitement and high expectations. “A woman, 65 years old or older, retired, no college education”. The target of the moment is inscribed on a whiteboard. […]

Bouniol: The idea of a Citizens Chamber gains ground

Béatrice Bouniol has been showing some interest in sortition in her stories at La Croix. Last November, on the occasion of the publishing of a new book on the subject of “The Citizens Assembly of the Future”, Bouniol had the following story. The idea of a Citizens Chamber gains ground During COP 23, the Foundation […]

Loïc Blondiaux on a citizen senate

A France Insoumise rally at the Place de la République in Paris, July 3rd 2017, Thomas Samson/AFP La Croix has a short interview with Loïc Blondiaux on the idea of a “citizen senate”. Original in French here. My translation, corrections welcome. What could a citizen senate look like? Compiled by Béatrice Bouniol, Sept. 22nd, 2017 […]

Dikastic Thorubos

All the other powers are naturally in a man’s own control, but the power of speaking is blocked if there is opposition from the audience. Hear him as a scoundrel, bribe-taker, and as one who will say absolutely nothing true. (Dem. 19-340) Cited in V. Bers, ‘Dikastic Thorubos’ in Crux: Essays Presented to G.E.M. de […]

Hennig: Citizens’ Assemblies and the next democratic revolution

Brett Hennig writes in the New Internationalist magazine: Is this the beginning of another winter of discontent? The Extinction Rebellion that hit London in the weeks around 17 November might be the spark that lights the tinder box of our democratic malaise. Thousands of people blockaded bridges, disrupted traffic, and engaged in non-violent acts of […]

Dedieu and Toulemonde: Taking political chances with sortition

Franck Dedieu, a professor at the IPAG Business School, and Charles Toulemonde, a research engineer, write in Le Croix. This short and readable essay is critical of sortition, or at least of the proposals currently discussed in France, but is not completely hostile to the idea. The authors avoid some of the most common knee-jerk […]