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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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Working with Scotland's civil society
Recent News
18th December 2014
The traditional political parties are in big trouble. Back in the 1950s, one person in every ten was a member of a political party. Now, there are more people who identify their religion as ‘Jedi’ than there are members of the Conservative party, and almost the same number of Labour members.   The era of […]
16th December 2014
Today the Government presented a shopping list of solutions to the so-called West Lothian or English Question. The fact it is a shopping list demonstrates that even within the coalition they cannot agree on which solution is best.   But that’s not surprising – the chances of cross-party agreement on such a partisan issue are never going […]
12th December 2014
We were really pleased to join forces with Unlock Democracy yesterday and hand in our petition to the Prime Minister calling for a Constitutional Convention. It was signed by over 15,000 people, as well as a wide range of academics and civil society organisations.   The petition, which comes in advance of the Government’s expected […]