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Juries render decisions on complex legal questions and could do the same as part of the regulatory process. image Source, via Getty Images

Would you sit on a jury to review government regulations? Citizen oversight panels could make this process more open and democratic

People love to hate bureaucracy, but regulatory agencies play key roles in modern society. Conservatives want to cut back their power, but a political scientist proposes a different option.
A woman celebrates after the final result was announced in the Irish referendum to liberalize abortion laws in May 2018. The referendum followed an Irish citizens’ assembly on the issue. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

What Canada can learn from Ireland on citizen engagement to bolster democracy

As Canada’s nearest neighbour grapples with serious attacks on democracy, a fresh approach to citizen engagement in Canada is an exciting prospect, worthy of serious consideration.

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