Episode 20. RESCUING DEMOCRACY: From Ancient Athens to Brexit

Hello! This week we explore how to improve democracy by involving ordinary people in decision-making. Guests David Van Reybrouck, Professor James Fishkin and Sarah Allan tell us how an old idea from ancient Athens---selecting random citizens to deliberate--is making a difference from the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ireland to reform of the Mongolian constitution. And we find out what we could do in the UK.

 

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Comedian Felicity Ward gives us her ideas. Including free mattresses, colourful houses and panda cafes

 

 

 

FURTHER READING

A video by David Van Reybrouck explaining sortition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS9EMvbBq_U

David's book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Against-Elections-David-Van-Reybrouck/dp/1847924220 

James's book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/democracy-when-the-people-are-thinking-9780198820291?cc=gb&lang=en&

 

 

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Professor James Fishkin - https://twitter.com/jfishkin

Sarah Allan - https://twitter.com/SarahAllanUK

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