Better Place Forum: Initial Thoughts.

Demsoc and ERS Scotland recently organised and facilitated a forum entitled: ‘A Better Place: Communities, Citizens and Consumers & New Approaches to Social Policy & Public Services’. We are currently compiling a report based on the discussions at the forum, but in the meantime, you can read my initial thoughts over on the What Works […]

Think national, act local

This column originally appeared in the Local Government Chronicle.  For the last month or so, I’ve been working on one issue – how to take decisions openly – in two different projects, one in Whitehall and one in Lewes District Council. The contrasts are fascinating. With the Cabinet Office I’ve been running a discussion about […]

A quick Europe round-up

Aside from the rolling soap-opera/fiasco that is the euro crisis, there have been a few bits of democratic interest going on in Europe this week. Quickly to run through them: Eurosceptics of the “ENGLAND NOT EUROPE, Malaga” variety will like this ruling from the European Court of Justice, which says that British people living in […]

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]