Taking Deliberation to the Streets: Reflections on Deliberative Walks

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Harri Raisio, Peter Ehrström
Publisher: School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg
Place: Gothenburg
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration
Journal acronym: SJPA
Volume number: 21
Issue number: 4
Start page: 27
End page: 51
eISSN: 2001-7413


The focus of this article, a model that we call the Deliberative Walk, builds on the principles of Citizens’ Juries and Development Walks. The current research uses two case studies to explore the potential of uniting the two different participatory models, one that is based on discussion and the other that is more observation oriented. Both case studies were implemented in Finland during the fall of 2014. Reviewing these case studies is important, because the issue of ‘taking deliberation to the streets’ has rarely been touched upon in the academic literature on CJs and other deliberative mini-publics. Based on the case studies, our suggestion is that in place-specific deliberations, a Deliberative Walk is a suitable method when the issue that is being tackled has highly intertwined social and physical dimensions, while in more situation-specific deliberations, a Deliberative Walk adds value when the issue is such that it needs more complete learning experience.


Deliberative democracy, Learning method, Participation, Participatory democracy, Place-based learning


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