Comments on “In Search of the Competent Citizen”
I spent quite a bit of time writing this in 1975, trying to propose the kind of empirical work that should be done to check out what the best role for citizens in a democracy should be. It shows the strong preference I had for the kind of work done by Gordon Allport and Henry Murray at Harvard in the middle of the 20th century, while still trying to apply the kind of sophisticated measurement approaches favored by Paul Meehl. I was never able to do any of this research. See “Research Relevant to Sound Deliberative Practice” for my comments on some of the research done prior to 2005. Finally, Essay #3000 has some reflections on how one might try to judge how well the jurors (panelists) in a Citizens Jury understand the issue at hand.