Harry Farmer

Policy Researcher

Harry Farmer is a policy researcher at Involve. He is fascinated by the power of deliberative processes to enable governments to negotiate controversial policy decisions - particularly those presented by emerging technologies and demographic change.

He holds a first-class degree in philosophy from the University of Warwick and a master’s in the same from University College London. Partly as a consequence of this, he is drawn to issues that straddle the boundaries of policy, ethics and political philosophy.

Prior to joining Involve, Harry worked at a political consultancy specialising in health, where he focused on questions of NHS resource allocation. He has also worked at Nesta and the public services think tank Reform.

Blog posts

Can citizens be economists? Simon Burall talks at the RSA

June 30, 2016

Involve's director, Simon Burall, spoke on a panel as part of the Royal Society of the Arts' event 'Can Citizens be Economists?' The event was to celebrate the launch of the Citizens' Economic Council, a programme to engage 50-60 citizens from across the UK in conversations about economic policy. In his speech, Simon argued that citizens can…

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Leave promised more democracy – now the government must deliver

June 24, 2016

The result of yesterday’s referendum is potentially the most significant political decision the British public have ever decided in a single vote. In addition to the delight, anger and disbelief felt today and over the next few weeks, there will now be huge expectations for change. This is particularly the case in terms of our…

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Political counter narratives and the rise of referenda

June 20, 2016

As I have been discussing in a previous blog post, Referenda are on the rise across Europe, with an average of three a year in the 1970s having risen to eight today. In the UK, we will have soon had three major referenda since 2010. Many people have looked upon this new trend with dismay,…

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The real reasons referenda are so common – and so scary

June 20, 2016

As the EU referendum looms closer, and the level of anxiety about the potential result mounts, many people’s exasperation has shifted from the debate itself to the very fact we are having it. Taking Brexit as its centerpiece, a recent article in the Economist bemoaned the increasing frequency of referenda in Europe, complaining that they…

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What the tax credit row tells us about UK democracy

May 27, 2016

The events leading to the Strathclyde Review highlighted a fundamental problem with our democratic system, namely that it is currently skewed too far in favour of representation, with little to ensure individual government actions are aligned with public’s preferences, writes Harry Farmer on Democratic Audit. He argues if this is to change, reform of the…

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Reclaiming democracy: A systems approach to change the system

November 9, 2015

Oliver Escobar, Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, blogged in response to the launch of Involve’s new report, Room for a View, by our director Simon Burall. We’ve cross posted the blog from the Democratic Audit site below. There is a long way for ‘democracy’ to mean more than ‘representative democracy’, and…

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