Request for Quotation: Research paper on the opportunities of the new deliberative wave for democratic processes

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Request for Quotation: Research paper on the opportunities of the new deliberative wave for democratic processes

January 25th, 2021

Context:

Deliberative democracy processes give randomly chosen citizens a framework to discuss and analyse a particular issue of concern and provides these citizens with the opportunity to make constructive recommendations. They are particularly appropriate to capture societal preferences as regards policy decisions with far-reaching implications for the lifestyle of citizens, such as climate change mitigation and adaptation. Policies such as these require deep cross-sectoral reforms of current patterns of economic activity that reach into every corner of daily life, including taxation, consumption and production, transport, work, housing, work, land use and agriculture and food systems. Deliberative democracy processes also create political space for decision-makers, as they provide these difficult  political decisions with an additional injection of legitimacy. The recent climate assemblies in the UK and France have shown that these innovative deliberative democracy models can be very successful. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can limit these innovative processes in many countries around the world, such as for example the high cost or logistics of random selection.

Rationale for the paper:

Based on the recent climate assembly in the UK, WFD has been solicited by a number of parliaments in Asia and Africa to conduct a similar process. In order to support these parliaments with appropriate advice, WFD is seeking to hire a researcher/team of researchers at a university that will develop a paper on the opportunities and challenges of the new deliberative wave of democratic processes in developing country contexts.

The objectives of this research paper are:

  1. To review what particular opportunities and challenges these deliberative processes face in developing countries;
  2. To share good practices of deliberative processes in Africa, Asia and Latin America;
  3. To propose concrete suggestions that can help to guide WFD programming in this area.

Scope of work

The research paper should include:

  • A short examination of the state of deliberative democracy across the developing world, ideally from multiple regions
  • A review of how deliberative processes in developing countries are being embedded into formal decision-making structures, such as parliaments and political parties, the budgeting
    process, and constitutional development;
  • Good practices from local deliberative democracy processes in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including examples from climate assemblies and climate or environment-related deliberative processes, such as in natural resource extraction.

For more information,  view the request for quotation.

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