Forum Talk 6 - Deliberation: a Booster for Democracy?
8 November 2022, 11.30-13.00 - Room 7 – Palais de l’Europe
sponsored by the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG)
Despite current trends of democratic backsliding and downward trends in public trust and voter participation, innovative practices of citizen participation in policy and decision-making have been flourishing around the world spanning the spectrum from direct democracy, through various iterations of participatory platforms to carefully crafted deliberative exercises.
This Forum talk will showcase examples of deliberative initiates from the national, regional and local level. It will explore what impact these practices have had on the overall democratic culture and how they interact and are interlinked with representative democracy? What is the potential of deliberative and participatory practices to motivate citizens to keep or renew their commitment and enthusiasm for democracy? How can deliberative practices move from experimental or performative experiences to genuine methods of democratic government? How can we ensure genuine democratic participation in time of war?
This Forum Talk, hosted by the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG). will be an opportunity to hear about several different experiences and discuss the added value, dos and don’ts of deliberative democracy.
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Chair of the European Committee on democracy and Governance (CDDG)
Paul Rowsell has extensive experience of leading work on reforming democratic governance, particularly at the local and regional levels, and on devolution and decentralisation. He is responsible for legislation currently before the United Kingdom Parliament to support further decentralisation of power, including through new locally accountable institutions, and is overseeing governance reforms and devolution deals in a number of English counties and City Regions. He is currently Chair of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance, whose activities this year have focused on drafting Committee of Ministers Recommendations to Member States on the principles of good democratic governance and on the uses of deliberative democracy. In 2017 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Paul the honour of Commander of the British Empire for services to Local Government.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of North Macedonia to the Council of Europe, Chair of Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM)
Founder and CEO, DemocracyNext
Executive Director, Federation for Innovation in Democracy Europe
Senior advisor on citizen participation and European democracy, Bertelsmann Foundation
Dr Dominik Hierlemann is a Senior Advisor at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany. He leads the foundation’s work on democracy and citizen participation in Europe. He has been responsible for several pioneering citizens’ participation projects in cooperation with the Federal government of Germany and the European Commission.
Former City Councillor of Lviv
Secretary General of the Electoral Commission
Art O'Leary is the Secretary General at the Irish Electoral Commission, a new management and oversight organisation for electoral and wider democracy matters. He is also currently Secretary to the 2 national Citizens' Assemblies underway in Ireland - deliberative democracy initiatives set up to advise the government on the crisis on Biodiversity Loss and local government structures in our capital city. From 2014 - 2021, Art was Secretary General to the President of Ireland, acting as Chief of Staff and Chief Adviser to President Michael D. Higgins.
Gazela PUDAR DRAŠKO
Director Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Political Science Student
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