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: