Gastil on the Impact of the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review

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.

The 2012 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review is currently underway. Click here for details on the measures being considered during the 2012 process.

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.

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