Fila Sophia

applied philosophy, deep democracy, sustainability / by A.R.Teleb

Category Archives: Electoral Reform

Minipublics beyond representation

First posted on Equality by Lot on Oct 8 Now that minipublics are no longer limited to local level “experiments” but are regularly involved in consequential political occasions, constitutional amendments … Continue reading

2019-12-09 · Leave a comment

To Awaken Democracy

As Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening begin a week of sit-ins and civil disobedience on Capitol Hill and as your inbox fills up with spam via the End Citizens United … Continue reading

2016-04-11 · Leave a comment

Structure Not Policy: Why We Need More Institutional Political Theory

For too long, I’ve been repeating the self-styled slogan “structure not policy, tomorrow not today” to express the idea that has haunted me since I began studying law. Nearly every … Continue reading

2015-02-02 · 2 Comments

Citizens’ Initiative Reviews: Democracy via Vicarious Deliberation?

Although there has been much talk (or rather speculation) in deliberative democracy circles on the potential and possible pitfalls of “intensive” citizen deliberation–especially on Equality by Lot–there has been little … Continue reading

2015-01-17 · 1 Comment

The Citizen Jury Illustrated: The Morris Climate Dialogue

A “Citizen Jury” means to embody the informed, face-to-face deliberation of an ideal democracy, not found either in elections or in legislative debates today. Below is a photo illustration of … Continue reading

2014-07-17 · Leave a comment

An alternative to campaign-finance reform?

[First appeared on openDemocracy on April 22, 2014.] The still fresh McCutcheon v FEC Supreme Court decision, like the January 2010 Citizens United, has again set off the rage of … Continue reading

2014-04-28 · Leave a comment

The Neo-Athenian Revival

[Appeared April 2 openDemocracy.  Ideas first appeared Jan 20, 2014 Truthout.] A recent Economist article “What’s Gone Wrong with Democracy” is chock-full of photographs of discontent from places in revolution—Ukraine, … Continue reading

2014-01-24 · 2 Comments