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Different with Digital: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Democracy « Local Democracy for Everyone

April 23, 2015 – Sonia Bussu

On Tuesday 28th March 2015, the Local Politics standing group (part of the British Political Studies Association) hosted an innovative panel at the PSA general conference in Sheffield, “Different with Digital”. We discussed how digital innovations, from social media to e-petitions, are affecting local democracy and councillors' interactions with the local communities. Marshall McLuhan’s words…

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Do the main parties REALLY want to share power?

April 17, 2015 – Simon Burall

The two main party manifestos contain a number of immediate headline grabbers such as the budget responsibility lock and the state pension triple lock. But what do their sales pitches tell us about how much control the two parties want to share with the citizens who will vote them in? The mood music is good.…

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The design of healthcare institutions benefits greatly from citizen participation: Claudia Landwehr

December 9, 2014 – Emily Graham

In this blog-post on Democratic Audit UK, Claudia Landwehr outlines how citizen participation can be beneficial in the design of healthcare institutions. The full article is available here.   Here is an excerpt in which Claudia Landweh describes about her research: "Engaging citizens in institutional design Are citizens interested in questions of institutional design? Or is the matter too abstract and…

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Reforms needed to re-engage public with politics and elections – Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

November 14, 2014 – Tim Hughes

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has launched a report and a public consultation on reforms to the voting system to re-engage British people with politics and elections. The Committee is inviting views on a range of proposals, including making voting compulsory, extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, and greater decentralisation and…

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“It is essential that people are given a say in the shape of our political system”

October 20, 2014 – Tim Hughes

Involve is one of 28 civil society organisations, academics and democracy experts who have written to William Hague calling for a citizen-led constitutional convention. Read the letter below: Friday 17th October 2014 Dear Rt Hon William Hague, We are writing to you as representatives of a broad range of civil society – including democracy experts, membership…

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Technology and democratic participation: friend or foe?

Date: 08 Jul 2014

On 8th July, join leading figures, Tiago Peixoto, Maria Nyberg, Catherine Howe, Graham Smith, and Simon Burall to discuss the interaction of technology and democratic participation in an event organised in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Democracy Visions and scenarios of the impact of the interaction between information and communication technology (ICT) and…

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Policy makers are from Mars, citizens from Venus: designing effective public engagement

April 28, 2014 – Simon Burall

Summary: Designing public engagement processes and institutions from the perspective of citizens alone makes them easy for policy makers to ignore. We need to pay more attention to the needs of those making policy in order to design public engagement processes which make a difference.  I've just finished two fascinating Democratic Audit* posts exploring whether the…

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