A right to deliberative referenda shall exist; specific issues shall be resolved through Engage–Deliberate–Decide.
How are decisions made? If we cast our minds back, not just to Priti Patel's "Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts" Bill, but to numerous policies including Grenfell Tower fire cladding and the Poll Tax - we see a pattern: Decide, Announce, Defend - or DAD. And the result is, in many, many cases, a mess.
Why so? Or, more to the point - is there a better way?
Very much so, there is a better way - and in this episode we explore deliberative democracy on a national level in Canada and Ireland, as well as on a local level in Somerset, England.
Decide Announce Defend in the prevailing culture
Thought - or the lack of it - at the centre
Continual reform as an outcome and reality
"Democracy" in the UK electoral cycle
Who's decision is it?
Dysfunction in centralised decision-making in the Blair government:
(Progress and regress in family breakdown)
Levels of deliberative democracy: Engage, Deliberate, Decide
...in the health service in Canada
...under austerity in a Somerset library UK
...in a village in Wales
James Fishkin: better outcomes of deliberative democracy
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