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"Co-construction" in Deliberative Democracy: Lessons from the French Citizens’ Convention for Climate

1 ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech
2 CIRED - Centre International de Recherche sur l'Environnement et le Développement
3 PSE - Paris School of Economics
4 UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
5 CERAPS - Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales - UMR 8026
6 GIS Démocratie et participation
7 IDDRI - Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales
8 Sciences Po - Sciences Po
9 LADYSS - Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces
10 IRISSO - Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales
11 IMV - Institut Michel Villey pour la Culture Juridique et la Philosophie du Droit
12 UNIL - Université de Lausanne = University of Lausanne
13 CRESPPA - Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris
14 Harvard University
15 CAK-CRHST - Centre Alexandre Koyré - Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques
16 ETH Zürich - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology [Zürich]
17 AME-DEST - Dynamiques Economiques et Sociales des Transports
18 CEE - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Sciences Po, CNRS)
19 LINCS - Laboratoire interdisciplinaire en études culturelles
20 CESSP - Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique
21 Yale University [New Haven]
22 Cardiff University
23 TRIANGLE - Triangle : action, discours, pensée politique et économique
24 ULB - Université libre de Bruxelles
25 LCF - Laboratoire de recherches sur les espaces créoles et francophones
26 CEVIPOF - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Sciences Po, CNRS)
27 Cresppa-LabToP - Laboratoire Théories du politique : pouvoir et relations sociales
28 BGU - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
29 Cresppa-CSU - Cultures et sociétés urbaines
30 CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Bénédicte Apouey
Jean-François Laslier
Antonin Macé
Philippe Stamenkovic
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Abstract

Launched in 2019, the French Citizens’ Convention for Climate (CCC) tasked 150 randomly-chosen citizens with proposing fair and effective measures to fight climate change. This was to be fulfilled through an “innovative co-construction procedure,” involving some unspecified external input alongside that from the citizens. Did inputs from the steering bodies undermine the citizens’ accountability for the output? Did co-construction help the output resonate with the general public, as is expected from a citizens’ assembly? To answer these questions, we build on our unique experience in observing the CCC proceedings and documenting them with qualitative and quantitative data. We find that the steering bodies’ input, albeit significant, did not impair the citizens’ agency, creativity and freedom of choice. While succeeding in creating consensus among the citizens who were involved, this co-constructive approach however failed to generate significant support among the broader public. These results call for a strengthening of the commitment structure that determines how follow-up on the proposals from a citizens’ assembly should be conducted.
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hal-03119539 , version 1 (26-01-2021)
hal-03119539 , version 2 (20-05-2022)

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Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet, Bénédicte Apouey, Hazem Arab, Simon Baeckelandt, Philippe Bégout, et al.. "Co-construction" in Deliberative Democracy: Lessons from the French Citizens’ Convention for Climate. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 2022, 9 (207), ⟨10.1057/s41599-022-01212-6⟩. ⟨hal-03119539v2⟩
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