REDRESS-researchers Josje Den Ridder and Carolien van Ham have, together with Toine Fiselier, published a report on support for citizens’ assemblies in The Netherlands. Using survey data of a representative sample of the Dutch population, they show that a majority support the idea of a citizen’s assembly (after respondents have read a description of a citizens’ assembly). The survey also shows that support is higher for such assemblies at the local level than at the national level. A major challenge in organizing a citizens’ assembly is to ensure a representative reflection of the population among the participants. The lower educated, among others, are often less inclined to participate.

Go to Publications to read more findings on support for citizens’ assemblies (in Dutch).