Activities of the PDD

The annual PSAI Conference will take place in the Europa Hotel, Belfast, 7-9 October 2016. The Participatory and Deliberative Democracy specialist group are holding two sessions. Come along and join in the discussions!

Session 4: 11.00am – Panel A: Power and participatory democracy: where do people fit in?
Room: Copenhagen 1
Chair: Vanessa Liston (TCD)
A framework for measuring the (participatory) democratic contribution of civil society
organisations – Anna Visser (UCD)
The will of the people – Peter Emerson (De Borda Institute, Belfast)
The Public Value of Sense of Community in the Irish e-Public Participation process – Ann O’Brien

Session 4: 11.00am – Interactive Workshop: 12.30pm – Technology & Governance: Exploring innovations, challenges
and opportunities in Ireland

Group Interactive Workshop
Room: Copenhagen 1
Group Interactive Workshop
Chair: Anna Visser (UCD)
Matrix Voting Method – Peter Emerson (De Borda Institute, Belfast)
Online Consultation Portal – Mark O’Toole
Poleeto: a civic and a political social network for Ireland – Declan Burrowes
Q-methodology Public Opinion Analysis Platform – Vanessa Liston
For more information on the conference see the PSAI conference website .



Participatory & Deliberative Democracy panel at the PSAI annual conference . Thank you to all participants at the very successful panel on Friday 16th October 2015 in Cork. Here are the papers that were presented:

Specialist Group: Participatory and Deliberative Democracy

Chair: Claire McGing (NUIM)

Participedia: the potential and pitfalls of crowdsourcing data on participatory governance.
Matt Ryan (University of Southampton)

Ireland, the best country in the world in which to do deliberation? Deliberative quality and Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution
Dr Clodagh Harris (UCC), Professor David M. Farrell (UCD), and Dr Jane Suiter (DCU)

The Irish Same-Sex Marriage Referendum, Democracy, and the Left
Dr Laurence Davis (UCC)


Citizens' Voices e-book
An e-book Citizens' Voices, based on the group's symposium 'Beyond the ballot: diverse forms of citizen engagement between democratic elections' held in Dublin in March 2012, may be accessed here.

The Participatory and Deliberative Democracy specialist group will be an active source of scholarship and collaboration in this ever-developing field. The focus of such collaboration will include events such as political theory workshops (with invited speakers from abroad) and dedicated panels at the annual PSAI conference. It is envisaged that this will lead into combined proposals for larger conferences (such as the PSA, the ECPR, APSA, and IPSA), annual workshops, and shared research/publishing initiatives. The group will also be a forum for professional networking between those working in the area and it is envisaged that there will be research collaborations leading to publications and research funding bids. Expansion of the research agenda of participatory and deliberative democracy into growth areas such as the politics of health and the politics of ageing present additional research and funding opportunities for the group.