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Lawmaking 2 0 Boris Yarmakhov Vasiliy Burov Department of Social Science Higher School of Economics Nizhny Novgorod State University Moscow Russia Nizhny Novgorod Russia burov gmail com yarmakhov gmail com Evgeny Patarakin State Pedagogic University Nizhny Novgorod Russia patarakin gmail com Abstract A crowdsourcing idea campaign aiming at evaluating and editing a draft for the new Law on Education was run in Russia in May August 2010 We developed an original crowdsourcing platform and organized collaboration of more than 500 participants 95 original versions of the Law items were created 23 of them were approved by the community and graduated The mechanism proved to be effective as a tool for aggregating opinions of an open community and can be used for creative law making Introduction In April 2010 we were approached by the Russian Ministry of Education with a request to develop a crowdsourcing platform for evaluating and editing the draft for the new Law on Education For testing the model we used the chapter General education Our goal was to invite Russian experts teachers and parents to an in depth analysis of the Law evaluating and discussing its overall concept and items soliciting ideas for improving statements of the law and making new suggestions The Law on Education is an urgent discussion issue in the Russian political life The quality of education in Russia is one of the major concerns as the vast majority of Russian families have K 12 students Most discussed issues such as mandatory graduation testing religious education and deteriorating quality of public school education are openly debated We assumed that the community for discussing the subject is very broad and set no limitations on age affiliation or status of participants Our approach to lawmaking is quite different from the existing practice in which access to creating and making amendments to laws is granted only to a very limited group of experts whose expertise is mainly based only on their



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