Democracy can always be made better.
With constitutional change high on the agenda, a referendum on independence expected in 2014 and the technology available to really scrutinise those that seek and hold power, this is the right time for Scotland to take stock and consider its democratic future.
Scotland's Democracy has changed signiifcantly 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.
Read more about the Democracy Max vision for a good Scottish democracy
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