Deliberation and Policy-Making: Three Ways to Think About Minipublics’ Consequences

Vincent Jacquet, Ramon van der Does

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Policy-makers are increasingly experimenting with various ways to involve citizens in policy-making. Deliberative forums composed of lay citizens (minipublics) count among the most popular of such innovations. Despite their popularity, it is often unclear in what ways such minipublics could affect policy-making. This article addresses this issue of conceptual ambiguity by drawing on an original systematic review of the literature. It shows that the literature has approached these consequences in three ways: congruence with decisions, consideration in the policy-making process, and structural change. The article discusses the implications for empirical research and points out trajectories for future research on deliberative minipublics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-487
Number of pages20
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number3
Early online date7 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • impact
  • minipublic
  • participatory governance
  • policy-making


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