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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, a referendum on independence coming up 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 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 August 2014
Recent weeks have continued to see all sorts of handwringing and dark soothsaying about the state of representative democracy. Untrusted politicians, growing inequality and low election turnouts are just part of this sorry state.   So what is to be done?   A new report seems to point the way ahead for us here in […]
13th August 2014
Did you vote in the European elections earlier this year? Perhaps not – it turns out that the 2014 ballot had the lowest ever turnout of any European election, at less than 43%.   Shortly before the elections, we published a report giving 12 practical recommendations on how to improve European democracy for British people. […]
8th August 2014
Another 22 peers have been appointed to the House of Lords today. Here are some facts, figures and thoughts about the announcement.   The new peers have donated nearly £7m to political parties. The vast majority of the £6,912,841 comes from one donor, Michael Farmer. But another five of the new peers are also party […]