Democracy in a Pandemic: Participation in Response to Crisis, a new book by Involve and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, is published today!
Covid-19 has highlighted limitations in our democratic politics – but also lessons for how to deepen our democracy and more effectively respond to future crises. In the face of an emergency, the working assumption all too often is that only a centralised, top-down response is possible. This book exposes the weakness of this assumption, making the case for deeper participation and deliberation in times of crises. During the pandemic, mutual aid and self-help groups have realised unmet needs. And forward-thinking organisations have shown that listening to and working with diverse social groups leads to more inclusive outcomes.
Participation and deliberation are not just possible in an emergency. They are valuable, perhaps even indispensable.
This book draws together a diverse range of voices of activists, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and writers. Together they make visible the critical role played by participation and deliberation during the pandemic and make the case for enhanced engagement during and beyond emergency contexts.
Another, more democratic world can be realised in the face of a crisis. The contributors to this book offer us meaningful insights into what this could look like.
The book has been published by University of Westminster Press and is available as an open access download or paperback.
Please get in touch if you require the book in any other format and we would be very happy to look into this for you.
The book is based on the "A democratic response to Covid" blog series that we have curated with the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. It includes 15 of the original articles chosen to represent diverse perspectives and experiences on participation and deliberation in a time of emergency, along with five specially commissioned essays reflecting on hearing diverse voices, mutual aid, participatory public authorities, democratic innovation around the world, and the future for democracy. See the contents below.
🚨 It's here 🚨— Shared Future CIC (@sharedfuturecic) July 12, 2021
Shared Future Director Jez Hall wrote a chapter in this groundbreaking new book 'Democracy in a Pandemic: Participation in Response to Crisis' ✍️ @Smith1966G @TimJHughes @involveUK.
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Just got my copy of #Democracy in a #Pandemic. @Franeka20 and I wrote a chapter on @queerpartyhouse for it. Thank you @smith1966g @csdwestminster @TimJHughes @involveUK!— Olimpia Burchiellaro (@ph_dyke) July 5, 2021
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Looking forward to getting my hands in a copy of this one... https://t.co/lpVOXwyD3f— Ruth Ibegbuna (@MsIbegbuna) June 29, 2021
Lovely to see the piece I wrote on humanising the gig economy for @involveUK in print. Read about the forming of @IWGB_CLB & our various battles for justice in “Democracy in a pandemic” which goes on sale tomorrow. Momentum is building as the fight continues! 🚲🛵🚙✊🔥 pic.twitter.com/8VlM5IrTiy— alex marshall (@alexjkmarshall) July 11, 2021
This fantastic book is out next week and includes a piece by @AngMHenderson & @rhiannmclean about the @ScotLDO #ResearchVoices project, looking at how to include people with #learningdisabilities in policy and research practice.— ScottishLDO (@ScotLDO) July 5, 2021
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@Smith1966G, @TimJHughes. @LizzieAdams24 & C.Obijiaku edited a book due out on 12th July.https://t.co/rWr435U0Pt— Dr Dayo Eseonu (@deseonu) July 8, 2021
Pleased to have being involved and excited to be sharing book space with lots of wonderful people including @MsIbegbuna @ProfDonnaHall, Jez Hall & @Arfung
Very exciting to get my copy of Democracy in a Pandemic from @involveUK and @UniWestPress.— Simon Kaye (@stkaye) July 6, 2021
Great to return to the story of the Wigan Deal in a piece with its architect @ProfDonnaHall and revisit our 2020 findings about decentralisation and facilitative councils with @cmorgan_9 pic.twitter.com/sQTb6eoGqH
Democracy in a Pandemic - a great book edited by @Smith1966G and @TimJHughes - will be out on July 12th. Happy to have contributed a chapter to this project with Julien Landry and Ann Marie Smith!— Antonin L Webster (@Antolw) July 6, 2021
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New open-access book from @involveUK & @CDSWestminster makes the case for participation.— Ada Lovelace Institute (@AdaLovelaceInst) July 14, 2021
The chapter on new digital channels is particularly interesting to Ada as we are currently in the middle of running an online Citizen's Jury w/ @BinghamCentre More: https://t.co/Dc42hLtGzK https://t.co/TiSQhZf5Nb
The whole book is highly recommended - I'm chuffed to be in it— Jon Alexander (@jonjalex) July 5, 2021
Lots of great essays, from @romankrznaric @MsIbegbuna @matt_leach @ProfDonnaHall @stkaye @TimJHughes @Smith1966G and many more
Well done @involveUK @CSDWestminster
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GRAHAM SMITH is Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster and Chair of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development.
TIM HUGHES is the outgoing Director of Involve and a leading specialist in the field of participatory and deliberative democracy.
LIZZIE ADAMS is Project and Governance Lead at Involve, the UK’s leading public participation charity.
CHARLOTTE OBIJIAKU is Project Administrator at Involve and a member of the 2020/21 Charityworks graduate scheme.
Introduction, Graham Smith, Tim Hughes, Lizzie Adams and Charlotte Obijiaku
PART ONE: VOICES FROM THE PANDEMIC
- Some Things Are So Urgent That We Can’t Afford to Do Them Quickly, Martin Johnstone
- The Perfect Storm? Emerging from the Crisis Stronger, Through Sharing What We Have, Jez Hall
- Building More Vibrant and Inclusive Democracies: How to Meet the challenges of Covid-19, Sanjay Pradhan
- Does Democracy Need a Time Rebellion?, Roman Krznaric
- Building Back Inclusively, Dayo Eseonu
- Ordinary and Extraordinary Stories: Including People with Learning Disabilities in Policy Development and Research, Rhiann McLean and Angela Henderson
- Organising to Humanise the Gig Economy, Alex Marshall
- Let’s Talk About Covid-19 Ethics, Dave Archard
- Democracy – A Dish Well Done, Frances Foley
- Learning How to Listen in a Pandemic, Laura Seebohm
- No Justice Without Us: Respecting Lived Experience of the Criminal Justice System, Paula Harriott
- Participation on Whose Terms?, Javier Sanchez-Rogriguez
- The Queer House Party: Solidarity and LGBTQI+ Community-Making in Pandemic Times, Francesca Romana Ammaturo and Olimpia Burchiellaro
- Student Democracy in the Face of Covid-19, Isobel Walter
- Experts by Experience: Enabling the Voice of Survivors to Transform the Response to Domestic Abuse in the UK, Martha Tomlinson
- The Best Time to Start Involving the Public in Covid Decision-Making was a Year Ago The Next Best Time Is Now, Jon Alexander
PART TWO: LESSONS FOR DEMOCRACY
- Hearing Diverse Voices in a Pandemic: Towards Authentic Inclusion, Ruth Ibegbuna
- Mutual Aid and Self-Organisation: What We Can Learn from the Rise of DIY Responses to the Pandemic, Matt Leach
- How the Pandemic Has Accelerated the Shift Towards Participatory Public Authorities, Donna Hall, Simon Kaye and Charlotte Morgan
- Citizen Voice in the Pandemic Response: Democratic Innovations from Around the World, Antonin Lacelle-Webster, Julien Landry and Ann Marie D. Smith
- Is Democracy Too Much Trouble in a Pandemic?, Archon Fung
Conclusion: A Manifesto for Democracy in a Crisis, Tim Hughes and Graham Smith