How can we understand the impact of climate assemblies? In a recent blog, “Can citizen deliberation address the climate crisis? Not if it is disconnected from politics and policy making”, John Boswell, Rikki Dean and Graham Smith argue that greater attention needs to be paid to how assemblies are integrated into the world of politics and policy making. While climate assemblies tend to share similar internal characteristics, the way they are connected to political institutions, policy processes, stakeholders and the media varies markedly, helping to explain their very different impacts.

The blog summarises a longer academic article, “Integrating citizen deliberation into climate governance: lessons on robust design from six climate assemblies”, published in the journal Public Administration.

The article is open access and can be downloaded below.