Originally posted on Gender Politics at Edinburgh: The significant absence of expert women’s voices from media debates and academic events related to the EU Referendum has been widely reported. PSA Women and Politics members Roberta Guerrina, Toni Haastrup, Katharine Wright share a list of women EU experts and argue there are in fact many women…
What Works Scotland is inviting those interested and involved in participatory budgeting to a morning session with international PB expert Giovanni Allegretti.
Monday 13 June from 11am to 13:00 at the University of Edinburgh (tea/coffee served from 10.45am, and lunch after the event at 1pm)
Participatory budgeting (PB) is gaining momentum in Scotland, with new processes developing across the country; over 20 Local Authority Areas undertaking capacity building programmes; and a new commitment in the SNP manifesto for the recent elections: “Setting Councils a target of having at least 1 per cent of their budget subject to Community Choices budgeting. This will be backed by the Community Choices Fund to help public bodies and community groups build on examples of best practice.”
This session provides an opportunity to hear about international PB experiences and how they compare to current developments in Scotland. A chance to discuss the principles and practicalities of PB, including emerging challenges and exciting prospects.
The session will be hosted by Oliver Escobar (WWS), and feature Kathleen Glazik, PB lead at the Scottish Government, who will provide reaction to Giovanni’s presentation as well as reflection about the future of PB in Scotland.
This event is free but places are limited. Please register to book your place here.
A recent article by Hélène Landemore: Rousseau’s Mistake: Representation and the Myth of Direct Democracy Abstract: For Rousseau, democracy was direct or it wasn’t. As he famously put it, “the moment a people allows itself to be represented, it is no longer free: it no longer exists. The day you elect representatives is the day […]
Oliver Norgrove writes in The Huffington Post: Horse-shoeing my way round the English coastline, setting up stools, handing out thousands of leaflets and talking to many passers-by certainly has come with its frustrations. As I wrote on my blog a few days ago, my patience for democracy and its input of all has now pretty […]
[Latest news from the Sortition Foundation blog] There’s exciting news from the Sortition Foundation: The idea: A new “compelling, inspiring” book on sortition, The End of Politicians, by director and co-founder of the Sortition Foundation, Brett Hennig, is being crowd-funded now by book publisher Unbound: https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-end-of-politicians The meeting: The first Sortition Foundation Annual General Meeting […]
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: http://www.democraticaudit.com/?p=19509
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: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/governance/brief/launch-of-research-consortium-on-the-impact-of-open-government-processes?cid=EXT_WBSocialShare_EXT
And here’s leading open government advocate Beth Noveck’s latest essay, the Rise of the Citizen Expert: http://www.policy-network.net/pno_detail.aspx?ID=5056&title=The-rise-of-the-citizen-expert
Also of note, the Citizen Participation Newsletter for February is now out: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=PPN-CITIZEN-PARTICIPATION-GROUP;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: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/parcc/news/Thirds_International_Democratic_Governance_in_the_Developing_World_Conference/
Catherine Durose et al. (including PDD stalwart Oliver Escobar) with a paper out in PAR on ‘people making a difference in communities’: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/puar.12502/abstract
Cass Sunstein (forthcoming in Daedalus) claiming that the US Executive operates in…
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