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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
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22nd September 2014
The ERS held its first Labour Party conference event this morning. The subject was “What next after the Scottish independence referendum?”   At one level this should not be so contentious – Scotland has been promised significant devolution of new powers by all three of the big Westminster parties. A very rapid timetable has been established […]
18th September 2014
Scotland is shrouded in a muggy haar today, and it feels as if we’ve been cut off from the rest of the world in order to concentrate and exercise our democratic right to vote: for or against independence. It feels like a reason to talk to strangers, smile at passers-by. We’re making history.   There’s […]
8th September 2014
Scotland is alive with an unprecedented level of political debate. In homes, pubs and town halls, that debate is not limited to technicalities; it’s about the way people want to be governed, the society they want to live in.   Go south of the border and you could already be in an entirely separate country. […]