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As times go by, the challenges that the world is facing grow more complex: technological transitions, worldwide geopolitical earthquakes, climate changes and pandemics. Countries are looking for policy-making approaches - one particular approach is a Policy Lab.

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Digital Democracy

“Digital Democracy,” also known as E-democracy or Internet democracy, is the utilisation of information technology and online platforms in policy and governance. This has helped broaden transparency and civic engagement in public policy processes.


“Better Reykjavik” is an example of a digital democracy platform. It is an online platform for the crowdsourcing of solutions to urban challenges where people come to express their community development ideas, policy ideas, or even take part in participatory budgeting.

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Inclusivity is a foundational principle of democratic society and policy design. Inclusivity means embracing everyone regardless of their age, gender, or any socio-economic backgrounds. It is to eradicate obstacles to participation.


Policymakers are about to host a seminar for people to come and voice their opinions about public issues but a majority of those who have registered are middle-aged men. This can result in one-dimensional discussion. To be inclusive, policymakers should encourage more diverse demographics to join.

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Deliberative Method

“Deliberative method” is an approach in participatory policymaking. The method involves not only experts and policymakers but also common people, to participate and decide through in-depth discussion, seeking new ideas, and making decisions. The approach often combines research and consultation and is often used with highly-contested issues.


Policymakers want to implement a policy for Thai citizens to have universal access to tertiary education, but the issue is acutely debated throughout society: some disagree wholeheartedly and some are entirely against it. In this case, a deliberative method can be utilised for policymakers to research similar case studies to present to society, and for people in society to have profound discussions, to find a better solution for all.

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In terms of policy making, an intervention is designed to disrupt an ongoing social trajectory which, if proceeds, can wreak havoc on society.


Climate change poses risks and increases insecurity for people around the world. In this case, policy makers should consider using policy interventions to mitigate climate change damages such as measures to encourage the use of renewable energy.

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