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Democracy Max
A vision of a good Scottish democracy
Democracy Max
Democracy can always be made better.

With constitutional change high on the agenda, and the referendum on independence stimulating engagement and debate we felt the time was right for Scotland to take stock and consider its democratic future. We spent 13 months asking a wide range of Scotland's citizens what they thought a good Scottish democracy would look like. 

Scotland's democracy has changed significantly since the establishment of our parliament in 1999, but we still suffer many of the democratic deficits that affect the rest of the UK.

If the real goal of democracy is to share power so that it is exercised in the democratic interest, truly engaging the masses, then more fundamental changes are required. 

The Democracy Max inquiry

Starting with the People's Gathering in July 2012, Democracy Max sought to create a non-partisan space where those with different views could debate and discuss ideas about our democracy, and where political rhetoric could be challenged and unpicked. 

Following the People's Gathering, three sets of roundtables were convened to distil the ideas from our delegates, discuss their feasibility, why some of them had not yet been implemented, and the forces that prevent change.

The reports from those roundtables have been brought together to present a vision for a good Scottish democracy.

Find out more about Democracy Max and read the full report:

A vision of a good Scottish democracy
We've filmed the Democracy Max process. Watch our videos here
Read our Democracy Max report here
A link to all the presentations from our event in Edinburgh
The Public Policy Network is the knowledge exchange interface of the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh
Working with Scotland's civil society
Recent News
21st November 2014
After Clacton, comes Rochester and Strood. At the start of the campaign, the Conservatives felt they stood a good chance of winning this second by-election caused by a Conservative MP defecting to UKIP.   In comparison to Clacton, it should have been a much easier ride. Clacton is the most demographically friendly seat to UKIP […]
17th November 2014
Turnout has been in the news once again, with a report from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee advocating bank holidays on election days, votes at 16 and other structural changes to increase turnout. Structural and institutional changes are, of course, a vital component of making it easier and more desirable to vote. Yet, voting […]
14th November 2014
Today the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has published an excellent report, Voter engagement in the UK. It sets out a series of recommendations on how to re-engage people in our representative democracy. We gave evidence to the Committee earlier in the year, and we’re delighted to see some of our recommendations taken forward.   Voter disengagement is […]