Who wants to pay for deliberative democracy? The crowdfunders of the G1000 in Belgium

Vincent Jacquet, Min Reuchamps

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Thanks to crowdfunding, deliberative mini-publics can be funded bottom-up to reach a wider support in the population and secure financial autonomy for their design. But who are the people willing to pay for deliberative democracy and why? This article answers this twofold question using an original survey with crowdfunders of the G1000 in Belgium. First, the financial support for deliberative democracy mainly comes from the more socially advantaged groups. But second, the crowdfunders largely diverge in their democratic preferences. Some are critical and favour any forms of alternative decision-making process, including technocratic forms. Others demonstrate a stronger attachment to electoral institutions and their political actors. Hence, the study of the crowdfunders of the G1000 shows that deliberative democracy attracts the support of citizens with different political orientations. This sheds light on the complex and intertwined links between a mini-public and its larger maxi-public.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Political Science Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Belgium
  • Crowdfunding
  • Deliberative democracy
  • crowdfunding
  • mini-public
  • G1000
  • political participation
  • deliberative democracy


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