Guest blogger, Claudia Chwalisz, senior policy researcher at Policy Network and Crook Public Service Fellow at the University of Sheffield, discusses political participation for citizens.
Author: Claudia Chwalisz, Policy Network and Crook Public Service Fellow at the University of Sheffield
Date: 31 August 2015
The blog explores case studies where people have been given a genuine voice in decision making, following Claudia’s research for The Populist Signal. Polling revealed 65 percent of respondents believed the present system of governing Britain could be improved a lot or a great deal, while in Scotland it was as high as 75 percent.
From Canada to Australia, to Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, and Norway amongst others, governments and independent organisations have been supporting deliberative and participatory initiatives that involve ordinary people in making decisions at the local, regional and national levels.