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As society becomes more complex and polarized, 200-year-old legislative processes lose effectiveness. Current legislators are less able to become experts on all issues and increasingly rely on advocacy groups to inform public debate.

What if highly technical or divisive issues were redirected to a facilitated negotiation process? If opposing sides of a policy issue agree on a solution, their agreement could be submitted to the legislature for an up-or-down vote.


This process would retain the role of elected officials in safeguarding the overall public good while shifting the burden of difficult debates to interested organizations. Interest group mediation could supplement the typical public debate process for any legislative body.

To find out how this process can improve governmental decision-making email us at

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