Designing English Devolution
The way we are governed in the United Kingdom is changing.
In Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and some parts of England, more powers are being shifted away from Westminster towards devolved assemblies, parliaments and representatives at the local level.
Who should decide how we are governed?
From local government reorganisations to Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners, there is no shortage of ideas for reform. Yet the one thing that ties these developments together is that the ideas came from Westminster, not local people. When people don’t see the point in a position they don’t turn out to vote.
Rather than being presented with a fait accompli, citizens should play a role in designing the institutions that govern them.
The Award-Winning Democracy Matters Project
With the support of the Economic and Social Research Council, academics and civil society organisations we brought together politicians, regional leaders and the public to debate a range of options for Britain’s constitutional future.
Between October and November 2015, two pilot assemblies of randomly selected local residents were run in Sheffield (Assembly North) and Southampton (Assembly South) to ask how new regional powers can be established in a form that is supported by the people who live locally.
These assemblies were demographically representative of their local areas. They learned about different options, thenheard from campaigners and deliberated on the options.
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