Professor Dr. John Gastil of the Penn State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences has published an op-ed entitled Citizens’ Initiative Review does help voters, study shows, OregonLive, 7 August 2012.
In this op-ed, Professor Gastil responds to assertions questioning the effects of the 2010 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) — a public deliberation about ballot initiatives, involving 24 randomly selected Oregon citizens.
Professor Gastil’s response summarizes the NSF-funded research report about the 2010 Oregon CIR — co-authored by him and Katherine Knobloch — which found that the 2010 Oregon CIR did have a substantial effect on Oregon voters.
For more information, please see Professor Gastil’s complete op-ed.
Disclosure: I am a member of a research team led by Professor Gastil that is studying the 2010 and 2012 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Reviews.