Citizens' Assemblies: The Relevance of Random Selection

Rijeka's Citizens' Assembly • Filip Milačić

The selection of participants represents an important pillar of the legitimation of each citizens' council. Citizens are chosen by random selection from the entire population of the city, region or country, depending on the level at which the citizens' council is organized. However, with a large population (e.g., at the national level) pure random selection poses the risk that the desired diversity of participants is not achieved. Senior Researcher for Democracy and Society, Filip Milačić, explains how the process of selecting citizens for Citizens' Assemblies can follow an egalitarian and inclusive process. 

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Picture Credit: © Smiljana Radović Lagator