Noëlle McAfee "On Friday, April 15, at 8:45 p.m., Great Britain sat down to of learning about and deliberating on an issue and hence to dinner." So began an article I wrote in 1994 on the world's first find out what the public at large would come to think about deliberative poll. "The nation sat at tables covered in white linen the issue if it were to have an opportunity to do the same. in the dining room of the Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. How The results should have a "recommending force," as James does a whole nation fit in one room? With a bit of twentiethFishkin, the originator of the idea, often put it, in contrast to century sleight of hand; with the science of polling and random the largely unreflective public opinion captured in convensampling. Standing in for 55 million Britons were 300 who in tional opinion polls. their attitudes, incomes, educations, and manners perfectly mirThe poll came on the heels of an incident in Singapore when rored the larger populace."1 a Westerner, after committing a minor crime, was flogged in Fifteen years later, in the context of this special issue of The public. The British
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Dec 31, 2009
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