KNOCA Briefing No. 3

How can the legitimacy and resonance of climate assemblies in wider society be ensured?

Dr Dorota Stasiak, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS
Dr Alina Averchenkova, Grantham Research Institute, LSE
Azucena Morán, IASS
Daniel Oppold, IASS
Prof. Ortwin Renn, IASS

December, 2021


Citizens’ assemblies are relatively new political institutions that enable a randomly-selected group of everyday people to deliberate and make collective recommendations on climate policy and action. This raises significant questions about their legitimacy and the extent to which they resonate with the public and other societal actors. This research brief draws on evidence from climate assemblies and other participatory and deliberative processes, as well as targeted interviews, to evaluate what we already know about perceptions of legitimacy and resonance and the factors that are likely to shape these perceptions. Drawing on these findings, the brief considers what actions can be taken for assemblies to maximise their legitimacy and resonance.