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13:00 - 14:00 10 February 2016

Citizens’ assemblies and democracy in the UK: lessons from two successful pilots


Council Room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Alan Renwick, The Constitution Unit
Katie Ghose, Electoral Reform Society

The idea of holding a constitutional convention in the UK has been prominent ever since the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014, and the dominant proposal for the design of such a convention has been that it should be some kind of “citizens’ assembly”. While such assemblies have been held in a number of countries, there has until recently been no experience of them in the UK. That has changed, however, with the convening of two pilot citizens’ assemblies – based on slightly differing models – in Sheffield and Southampton in autumn 2015. The speakers – both members of the team that ran these assemblies – will present evidence on how well they functioned and discuss the degree to which engaging citizens in policy-making through such channels remains on politicians’ agendas.

A lunch will be provided before the seminar at 12.30


Ben webb
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