ChoiceDialogues and deliberative polls: Two approaches to deliberative democracy

James S. Fishkin, Steven A. Rosell, Denise Shepherd, Terry Amsler
2004 National Civic Review  
Rosell: The ChoiceDialogue is a new research technique based on the work of Daniel Yankelovich and myself on how people make up their minds when confronted with difficult issues, moving from top-of-the-mind, unstable raw opinion to thoughtful and stable judgment; and on the role this plays in the governance process. This method was developed to help the public and leaders resolve so-called gridlock issues. Conventional theories of public opinion hold that information is the key to helping the
more » ... blic reach thoughtful and stable public In methodological terms, both approaches recognize the limitations of polls and focus groups on issues where people have not yet made up their minds.
doi:10.1002/ncr.71 fatcat:7e4b3ivimfbxbe52qf5myych4e