January's Forum talk

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY 2021 - 2.30-4.00 PM (CET)

Talk introduced several experiences with Citizens Assemblies at a national level and considered more generally what their main advantages are in the decision-making process and why they can play a crucial role with facing both the climate crisis and the crisis of trust in democratic institutions.

The moderated discussion took place online on 19 January from 2.30 to 4.00 p.m. (CET) and had an empirical input with the speakers that participated in the citizen’s assemblies in France, UK and Ireland and an analytical input from speakers working on deliberative democracy from an academic perspective.

Questions which were raised include: What are the limits that these citizen’s assemblies are currently facing? Is it possible to have a deliberative democracy initiative within a representative democracy system? Why are these initiatives in a top-down dynamic? Should these initiatives only be able to issue recommendations?