The Untraceable Deliberation

Ethnography of a Citizens’ Round Table about New Indicators of Wealth
By Rémi Lefebvre

This paper takes an ethnographic approach to a citizens’ round table held in November 2009 about new indicators of wealth introduced by the Nord Pas de Calais regional council. It shows that what is at stake in this type of procedure cannot be analyzed through an exclusive focus on deliberative theory. What matters in the case under consideration is less deliberation than the constitution of the group, sociability, inequalities, and the effects of the organizers’ framing.


  • citizens jury
  • deliberation
  • interactions
  • sociability
  • proceduralist frame
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