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McKinnon: Issues in Political Theory 2e

Chapter 4

AmericaSpeaks
http://americaspeaks.org/
A Washington-based non-profit organisation that seeks to ‘reinvigorate’ American democracy, and has developed deliberative procedures, including the ‘21st Century Town Meeting’.

Centre for Deliberative Democracy
cdd.stanford.edu/
The Centre for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University conducts research into Deliberative Polling.  Contains plenty of information on how Deliberative Polling works, and the results of past polls.

deliberative-democracy.net
http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/
The website of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, a group which promotes deliberative democracy in the US and abroad.

Electoral Reform Society
http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/index.php
A group which campaigns for a change to the British electoral system from ‘first-past-the-post’ to the ‘Single Transferrable Vote’.

Freedom House
http://www.freedomhouse.org/
A renowned independent watchdog that monitors the state of freedom and democracy across the world.

HM Government e-petitions
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/
Perhaps worth a quick look.  Since 2011, British citizens can start and sign online petitions which, if signed by 100,000 people, will be considered for parliamentary debate.  The Obama White House has a similar scheme, called ‘We The People’, here: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions.

Philosophy Bites
http://philosophybites.com/2008/11/anne-phillips-o.html
Podcast in which Anne Phillips discusses the representation of women in a representative democracy.
 
Republic
www.republic.org.uk/
A campaign for an elected British head of state.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
plato.stanford.edu/entries/democracy/
plato.stanford.edu/entries/citizenship/
plato.stanford.edu/entries/justification-public/
Entries on democracy, citizenship, and public justification.

Timeline: Democracy's Rocky Road
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/629/629/7034525.stm
Interactive timeline charting the development of democracy worldwide from 4000 BC onwards, as compiled by the BBC News website.