Welcome to the Participatory & Deliberative Democracy group

PSAI Participatory & Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group

This specialist group brings together scholars and practitioners to co-ordinate and promote theoretical and empirical research in the broad areas of participatory and deliberative democracy. It offers a space for scholars researching different participatory and deliberative democratic innovations and their applications. The aim of this site is to establish a network of scholars across a broad range of areas, bringing together deliberative democrats with both theoretical and practical orientation to facilitate opportunities for research collaboration. An important outcome of this network will be to provide outlets for the dissemination of research findings at national and international levels.

Featured video: What is Deliberative Democracy?: Interview with John Dryzek by Kathryn Kelly

Latest news

Event - Irish Citizens Decide: A review of the Irish Convention on the Constitution

Irish Citizens Decide: A review of the Irish Convention on the Constitution
Was held: Friday November 13th 2015, 9.30am-1pm.
Newman House, UCD, 85-86 St Stephen's Green.
Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution, which met from late 2012 to early 2014, was a world first both in allowing ordinary citizens a place in discussions about the future of our Constitution and also due to its role in the calling of the marriage referendum earlier this year. This half-day seminar – which was supported by the Department of an Taoiseach – reviewed the work, operation and outcomes of the Convention. The panelists included former members and organisers of the Convention, the academic team who supported and monitored its operation, and journalists who provided critical coverage of it.

Democratic Initiative - University of Melbourne

New publication: Democracy Renewal
The School of Government, University of Melbourne has developed a digital publication, Democracy Renewal, that aims to provide a forum for research, analysis and opinion on the state of contemporary liberal democracy. Their project addresses the current challenges, and potential solutions, facing the world’s advanced democracies.

Further information is available at http://democracyrenewal.edu.au/. Please contact Cathy Harper at: Catherine.Harper1 - at - unimelb.edu.au with your feedback and insights.

PSAI Annual Conference 2016

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) [.doc]
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,

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 .