The PDD weekly wrap on all things democratic, Feb 12



MP Richard Burgon has an interesting blog post on Democratic Audit bemoaning proposed changes to archiving Cabinet papers. What happened to open government? Read here:

On the topic of open government, the World Bank has launched a new research consortium to find out more about where it is happening (and not), how, how well, etc). Read more, here:

And here’s leading open government advocate Beth Noveck’s latest essay, the Rise of the Citizen Expert:

Also of note, the  Citizen Participation Newsletter  for February is now out:;c2609be8.1602p


Syracuse’s Tina Nabatchi is leading a conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World. Find the details for the Call for Papers here:


Catherine Durose et al. (including PDD stalwart Oliver Escobar) with a paper out in PAR on ‘people making a difference in communities’:

Cass Sunstein (forthcoming in Daedalus) claiming that the US Executive operates in…

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New report for Participatory Budgeting practitioners, activists and policy makers in Scotland and beyond

An exciting collaboration has been established between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and What Works Scotland (WWS) to support the strategic and operational delivery of Participatory Budgeting within Scotland and beyond.

PB Harkins-Escobar front cover

The first output from this collaboration is a joint publication by Chris Harkins and Oliver Escobar: Participatory budgeting in Scotland: an overview of strategic design choices and principles for effective delivery.

The paper takes stock of the policy context for PB in Scotland, and outlines ten strategic PB design choices and ten principles for effective delivery. The metaphor here is not ‘transplanting’ but translating and adapting. PB delivery organisations, communities and citizens involved in the PB process are thus encouraged to use the design choices and principles selectively, flexibly and reflectively as meets their specific purpose, need and context.

A quick conversation with: Involve Director Simon Burall

Source: PDD- A quick conversation with: Involve Director Simon Burall

Involve Director Simon Burall has recently been at the centre of a very interesting conversation about  the deliberative system and its utility in making sense of the work done by Involve and others in the democratic sector. You can find his initial report here and responses from some leading practitioners and academic luminaries at the Democratic Audit blog. He was kind enough to stop in for a brief chat and quick reflection on this conversation, and on the next steps for researchers and practitioners in participatory and deliberative democracy. Click this link to hear his thoughts.