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How to get excited about local government reform 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 […]
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What to do about Europe? 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. […]
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6th September 2014
Sep 2014
What does a good Scottish democracy look like for women?
Scottish Youth Theatre, 105 Bruswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF

ERS Scotland in association with Engender Scotland ask 'what does a good Scottish democracy look like for women?'

Less than two weeks before the independence referendum ERS Scotland will present the findings of our Democracy Max inquiry and ask Scottish women to discuss our suggestions for democratic reform, and tell us if they resonate with you and your lived experience. Do you think the ideas we have generated will improve democracy for women? 

We'll be discussing local democracy, citizen led decision making, constitutional reform, accountability, empowerment and more. This will be an interactive day of discussion with your sisters. We want to (briefly) share our ideas and then hear your voices.

We also want to float plans for a post referendum campaign for equal representation for women across political and public spheres.

We think this is an ideal time to think differently about how we do democracy in Scotland. Do you agree?

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7th September 2014
Sep 2014
Electoral reform and local government: experiences and campaigns
Room tbc, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET Chaired by Natalie Bennett, this session will consider the state of the campaign for electoral reform in local elections. Stephen Brooks of ERS Cymru will be speaking.
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Tackling Europe's democratic deficit
What can we do to address the fact that people feel so distant from European affairs? The ERS has 12 practical solutions designed to close the gap.
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