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The Will Of The People?

What does ‘will of the people’ actually mean? Here are some numbers about the EU referendum and why, on their own, plebiscites are not a good way of involving citizens in important decision.

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Can We Save Democracy?

Democracy is under threat, our current laissez faire approach is leading to social fragmentation and polarisation. A communities’ capacity for democratic decision-making is inescapably linked to the extent to which their members can learn, reflect on, and exchange ideas in an objective manner. ‘Communities should have more quality-assured deliberative events that will empower them to select public policies and representatives’

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Democracy a Work in Progress

Community Development Practitioner Matt Scott argues that:
1. democracy needs closer definition
2. to meet the challenges presented by technology we need to move from our existing. Victorian based systems
3. democracy is about community development, where local ties and collective action need to come to the fore in order for democracy to haver all meaning in peoples lives

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