Inequality and democracy: what will the impact of digital be?

The Democratic Society has been asked to carry out a piece of research into inequality and democracy, and the impact of digital technologies upon these in the EU and beyond. As an output of this piece of work, we will be producing a report, providing a set of recommendations to the EU about further action and […]

Recommendations for improving online consultations

How can the experience of online consultations, as run by central government, be improved? This was the broad question that Demsoc and Snook were tasked with exploring as part of a six-week discovery phase project for the Government Digital Service. GDS were clear that they wanted the focus to be on platforms – although you […]

How do we take back control?

  Digital democracy & democratic deficit in the EU The Democratic Society are working on a project to find out how people would like to communicate ideas directly to the institutions of the European Union. It’s about citizens feeding in to policy-making and having a say more than just once every five years in the European […]

How effective is the Open Government Partnership? Should the EU get involved?

The OGP is a partnership between national governments and the wider public, working together to develop ways of increasing public participation in government and make government more transparent and accountable. The UK has been involved since 2011, and many other countries in Europe and around the world are too.   So, if this partnership is […]

EU policy evaluation should make greater use of interpretative, qualitative research methods.

A view on how policy evaluation should work in the EU, with lessons for how we do it in the UK as well, from the LSE. How should the EU’s policies be evaluated? Using the case of EU Cohesion Policy, Julian Hörner and Paul Stephenson outline some of the main theoretical principles that underline EU […]

The Enabling State – a new Carnegie Trust project

This is a new project just starting at the Carnegie Trust, based in Scotland (but with a UK remit). A lot of relevance to “open policy delivery” – and some to open policymaking too. In the context of global financial shocks, ageing populations and climate change, many feel that it is the time to look […]

Benefits of Citizen Engagement: a (Brief) Review of the Evidence

This post is by Tiago Peixoto, and originally appeared on his blog DemocracySpot. Thanks to him for permission to repost here. He writes: I am working on a brief literature review on the benefits of participation, focusing on its different types of impact. Most of it (but not entirely) relates to participatory budgeting. Below are a […]

Consultation overload

Government consultations don’t stand on their own – they compete in a marketplace of political engagement opportunities national, local, formal and informal. An interesting snapshot of how crowded that marketplace is comes from Brighton & Hove, where the strategic partnership have undertaken an audit of all “significant or major” consultation activity planned across the local […]

Digital downsides

Paul Clarke has pointed me to a recent piece of research (PDF) undertaken by Ctrl Shift for Consumer Focus. It’s called Digital Downsides, and considers ways in which new technologies and channel shift can harm the interests of consumers. The report is a good assessment of some of the potential downsides of digital development, arranged in […]

Where are the real regions?

Image via Wikipedia Interesting idea, this mapping exercise from MIT, showing the connexions between phone calls around Britain. Limited by the fact that only geographical landline numbers are covered, of course. For comparison, here’s an more economics-focused analysis of the real regional boundaries in the UK, commissioned a couple of years ago by the LGA. Related […]