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What’s Different in the IQA and a Citizens’ Assembly?

Different IQA Citizens Assembly and Typical Citizens Assembly Responsibility, Function, and Authority

The Irish Citizens Assembly consists of 100 citizens, the iqa citizens number 500.
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Someone entering the IQA Citizens Initiatives Qualifying Assembly or a Typical Citizens Assembly would notice little difference — the assemblies would look and sound very similar. Below the surface, however, there are many profound differences of responsibility, function, authority, and purpose as shown in the following table.

Initiatives Qualifying Assembly

Typical Citizens’ Assembly

Independent of government Quasi-governmental organization
Budget approved annually by the People Budget defined by government
Mandate defined by the People Mandate defined by government
Meets in perpetuity with staggered terms Meeting term defined by government
Enables checks and balances on federal government Government controls its scope
Randomly selected from all Citizens eligible to vote Randomly selected only from registered voters
As in a jury, those selected must serve to ensure immunity from special interest influence Only those who ask or are willing need serve
Could be influenced by special interests
IQA manages the initiatives process Government manages the referendum
The People create proposed initiatives The Assembly creates the proposed referendum for the ballot.
IQA ranks initiatives and puts the best on ballot