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We find that the way public meetings are set up design strongly affects citizens' interest in participation. Participation appeals more to citizens when meetings offer participants meaningful control over decisions and when barriers to participation are low.

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An engaged public is vital for the health of democracy. We identify steps government officials can take to make citizens more interested in getting involved.

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This page is a summary of: Designing democracy: How does institutional structure affect civic participation?, Governance, June 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/gove.12710.
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