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Legitimacy and Resonance

KNOCA Briefing No. 3: How Can the Legitimacy and Resonance of Climate Assemblies in Wider Society be Ensured?
© ICA - The Irish Citizen Assembly
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.


Alina Averchenkova
Distinguished Policy Fellow
at the Grantham Research Institute, LSE
Dorota Stasiak
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS‍‍
Azucena Morán
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS‍‍
Daniel Oppold
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS‍‍
Ortwin Renn
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS
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