A renewed democracy must stop infantalising citizens and instead make them privy to the policy-making process

A renewed democracy must stop infantalising citizens and instead make them privy to the policy-making process

In a digital age, the closed world of institutions is no longer viable. To rebuild trust and re-engage citizens, technology can be used to change the way decisions are made, how citizens are involved and how institutions are held to account, argue Dave Richards and Martin J. Smith Similar PostsRelieving democratic stress: Devolution and strong citiesThe […]

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The task for those who care about democracy is to translate the new ways of political engagement into effective action

The task for those who care about democracy is to translate the new ways of political engagement into effective action

Over recent weeks, Democratic Audit has been looking at ways to re-engage young people with politics for our ‘Beyond the Youth Citizenship Commission’ in collaboration with Huddersfield University’s Dr Andy Mycock. In the latest instalment of this series, Chloe Smith MP argues that though the internet cannot replace politics, it can be a useful supplement, with online-based youth […]

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Meaningful scrutiny, or a PR stunt? Experts respond to Ed Miliband’s proposal for a ‘Public PMQs’

Meaningful scrutiny, or a PR stunt? Experts respond to Ed Miliband’s proposal for a ‘Public PMQs’

 Is Ed Miliband’s idea for a “public Prime Minister’s Questions” a good one? Following on from part one of our ‘Ask the Experts’ piece, we asked the Hansard Society’s Matt Korris, Huddersfield University’s Andy Mycock, and Christina Leston-Bandeira to join Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin in giving their view on whether this is a public relations […]

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20 things we learned about democracy in July 2014

20 things we learned about democracy in July 2014

July 2014 was a quieter month for democracy, with things settling down into a lull for the summer. But that doesn’t mean that nothing of note happened, with Sean Kippin bringing you the latest instalment of our 20 things we learned about democracy series, which is once again bursting with choice nuggets of democracy information […]

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Strong sub-national parties do not automatically drive apart voter preferences at simultaneous multi-level elections

Strong sub-national parties do not automatically drive apart voter preferences at simultaneous multi-level elections

Do electoral preferences in democracies differ when voters cast their ballots at general and regional electoral arenas on the same day, and if so, why? Valenyna Romanava argues that this isn’t necessarily the case, with evidence from Belgium, France, Ukraine and Sweden showing that there is no single iron-clad rule in this regard.  Similar PostsThe rise of multi-party politics […]

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Engaging the already engaged, or letting people into politics? Experts respond to Ed Miliband’s proposal for a ‘Public PMQs’

Engaging the already engaged, or letting people into politics? Experts respond to Ed Miliband’s proposal for a ‘Public PMQs’

Ed Miliband recently announced his desire for a new kind of Prime Ministers Questions, in which members of the public were invited to put the PM under scrutiny. Democratic Audit asked experts to respond to the proposal, with a seeming consensus that the idea isn’t necessarily a bad one, but doesn’t particularly amount to much […]

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The growing body of ‘right to die’ case law illustrates the issue’s growing prominence

The growing body of ‘right to die’ case law illustrates the issue’s growing prominence

 The legal position of those who wish to end their own lives with assistance from another person has been consistently ambiguous, with politicians unable to come to a unified position, and the courts reluctant to take the initiative. Claire Overman takes a look back over the legal system’s attempts to deal with the issue, observing that […]

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Scottish independence referendum: voters should decide on the basis of what is best for everyone affected

Scottish independence referendum: voters should decide on the basis of what is best for everyone affected

On what basis should Scottish voters make their decision to leave the United Kingdom or the stay? Kieran Oberman urges them to consider what is best for everyone affected by the referendum, wherever they live, arguing that right-wing internationalists have good cause to vote yes, while their counterparts on the left have good cause to vote no.  Similar […]

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A 35-year experiment in public deliberations shows that democracy depends on a process of constant learning

A 35-year experiment in public deliberations shows that democracy depends on a process of constant learning

 Deliberative democracy has long been an aspiration for campaigners and academics who see it as a way of harnessing humanity’s inherent capacity for reason and debate. But, while compelling in theory, there is a relative paucity of practical evidence as to its success. Here, the former United States Health, Education and Welfare David Matthews shares evidence from a 35 year […]

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Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

What factors affect religious freedom? As Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom and Gizem Arikan write, there is evidence that restrictions on religious freedom have increased globally in recent decades. Using data from a recent study, they highlight the role that processes of globalisation have had on this trend. The results indicate that globalisation is a contributing factor to the increase in […]

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