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Journalism, 5.6 POLITICAL SCIENCE
Ireland’s Citizens’ Assembly (CA) of 2016–18 was tasked with making recommendations on abortion. This paper shows that from the outset its members were in large part in favour of the liberalisation of abortion (though a fair proportion were undecided), that over the course of its deliberations the CA as a whole moved in a more liberal direction on the issue, but that its position was largely reflected in the subsequent referendum vote by the population as a whole.
David M. Farrell, Jane Suiter, Kevin Cunningham & Clodagh Harris (2020) When Mini-Publics and Maxi-Publics Coincide: Ireland’s National Debate on Abortion, Representation, DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2020.1804441
Irish Research Council