What Works Scotland co-director Dr Oliver Escobar will be speaking about participatory budgeting in Scotland at a workshop organised by The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London.

The workshop topic is the institutionalisation of participatory and deliberative democracy. It will focus on the modes and impacts of institutionalisation of participatory and deliberative innovations, drawing on experience from Brazil, Ireland, Scotland and other polities. It explores the conditions under which institutionalisation takes place and the effects it can have on democratic systems more broadly.

Dr Escobar will speak about participatory budgeting and beyond in Scotland as part of the panel discussion.

The other panellists are Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, who will look at approaches to institutionalisation of participation and deliberation, and Clodagh Harris, a senior lecturer in the Department of Government, University College Cork, who will talk about citizens’ assemblies in Ireland.

The event also include a lecture by Leonardo Avritzer, Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on ‘Institutional Innovation: Promises and Limits of Democratic Participation in Latin America’.

The workshop takes place from 1.30pm to 6pm on Saturday, 11 November in the University of Westminster.

See more about the free workshop and book your place on Eventbrite.

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