This collection of essays, edited by Kimmo Grönlund, André Bächtiger and Maija Setälä, makes up the first book-length account of the booming phenomenon of mini-publics.
The authors offer a systematic review of the variety of mini-publics, discuss their weaknesses, and recommend ways to make them a viable component of democracy.
Contributions take stock of deliberative mini-publics' diverse practices and, more concretely, look at their preconditions, processes, and outcomes. They also provide a critical assessment of, in particular, mini-publics' lack of policy impact.
Bringing together leading scholars in the field, notably James S Fishkin and Mark E Warren, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democracy and democratic innovations.