Facilitating Inclusion: Austrian Wisdom Councils as Democratic Innovation between Consensus and Diversity

Asenbaum, H. 2016. Facilitating Inclusion: Austrian Wisdom Councils as Democratic Innovation between Consensus and Diversity. Journal of Public Deliberation. 12 (2), p. Article 7.

TitleFacilitating Inclusion: Austrian Wisdom Councils as Democratic Innovation between Consensus and Diversity
AuthorsAsenbaum, H.
Abstract

Democratic innovations face the challenge of realizing deliberative democratic ideals in the context of structural inequality. Consensus decision making and expertise have been said to have exclusive effects on marginalized groups like women and ethnic and sexual minorities, which obstructs diversity. Wisdom Councils as practiced in Austria attempt to counter inequalities by including marginalized groups through the moderation technique dynamic facilitation. Exploratory participatory observations and interviews with a moderator and the participants of two Wisdom Councils in Austria provide a deeper understanding of the inclusive processes at work in Wisdom Councils facilitating a productive combination of consensus and diversity.

Keywordsdemocratic innovations, deliberative democracy, Wisdom Councils, gender, facilitation, inclusion, consensus, diversity
Article numberArticle 7
JournalJournal of Public Deliberation
Journal citation12 (2), p. Article 7
ISSN 1937-2841
Year2016
PublisherPublic Deliberation
Web address (URL)http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol12/iss2/art7/
Publication dates
Published13 Oct 2016

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