Experts can play a number of roles in democratic innovations. However, there is disagreement between deliberative democrats about whether or not experts should be involved at all. Should the citizens’ deliberations - or their decisions - be divorced from technical expertise? Is this possible - given that expertise shapes the information about a topic that is presented in the public domain, and attended to by policy makers? Or is expertise crucial for defining the scope and relevance of the deliberative or participatory process? In any case, who defines expertise, and what constitutes evidence? Who decides who governs democratic innovations, who provides evidence and perspectives to participants, and what is the best way for this information to be delivered, and digested? This chapter explores some of these issues before outlining some of the key practical and normative issues around involving experts in democratic innovations.
|Title of host publication||The Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance|
|Editors||Stephen Elstub, Oliver Escobar|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Dec 2019|
- democratic innovations
- decision making
Lightbody, R., & Roberts, J. J. (2019). Experts: The Politics of Evidence and Expertise in Democratic Innovation. In S. Elstub, & O. Escobar (Eds.), The Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance Edward Elgar Publishing .