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20th April 2016
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20 Apr 2016
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One Party To Rule Them All: Does Scotland Have A Predominant-Party Problem?

Venue:
Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephen's Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4JP
Starts:
07:00pm
Ends:
08:30pm

The Electoral Reform Society Scotland is hosting a public discussion to cooincide with the release of our new report - 'One Party To Rule Them All: Does Scotland Have A Predominant-Party Problem?'.

The report discusses the prospect of a predominant-party system in Scotland, as the SNP appears on course to win a second majority in the Scottish Parliament election on May 5th and following a history of Labour dominance. In it, we explore the development of party-predominance as the “default setting” of modern Scottish political culture from the 1970s to the present, examining the risks this poses to Scottish democracy and how such risks can be counteracted through Scotland’s political culture and institutions.
 

Speakers include: 
Lesley Riddoch (journalist and commentator)
Angela Haggerty (editor of CommonSpace)
Rory Scothorne (ERS Scotland)

Compered by Gerry Hassan (writer and academic)

The event runs from 7pm - 8.30pm on Wed 20 April. 

The venue is Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephen's Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4JP

This is a free event but to help us get an idea of numbers, please reserve your ticket on Eventbrite. There will be refreshments provided. 

 

 

30th October 2015
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30 Oct 2015
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Sovereignty of the People: Slogan or Reality? (Scottish Labour fringe event)

Venue:
The Salutation Hotel 34 South Street, PH2 8PH Perth, Perth and Kinross
Starts:
12:30pm
Ends:
01:30pm

Join the Electoral Reform Society Scotland (ERS), Claire Baker MSP – Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Democracy, and Claudia Chwalisz, author of the Policy Network's recent publication 'The Populist Signal' to hear about international examples of increased citizen participation in decision making and to discuss how Scotland might learn about and utilise new techniques around participation and deliberative democracy. Chaired by Willie Sullivan, Director ERS Scotland

Friday 30th October. Murray Suite, Salutation Hotel 12.30pm – 1.30pm

This event is outside the conference cordon so is open to the general public.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

10th October 2015
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10 Oct 2015
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Scottish Green Party
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Who's Lobbying Who? (Scottish Green Conference Fringe)

Venue:
SECC, G3 8YW Glasgow, United Kingdom
Starts:
01:00pm
Ends:
01:45pm

Why does Scotland need a lobbying register? What should be included? How can it improve Scottish democracy and participation?

Join Will Dinan from Spinwatch and Petrina MacNaughton from Alcohol Focus Scotland to hear about why lobbying transparency is a cornerstone of a good democracy and what sort of information should be accessible in order to know who is lobbying whom about what. Plus reflections from John Finnie MSP.

Chaired by Willie Sullivan (ERS Scotland)
A sandwich buffet will be provided

18th September 2015
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18 Sep 2015
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'The Populist Signal: Why Politics and Democracy Need to Change' – AoG Public Session

Venue:
Room G43, Paterson's Land, University of Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
Starts:
03:00pm
Ends:
05:00pm

SPEAKERS:

Claudia Chwalisz, Senior Policy Researcher, Policy Network and Public Service Fellow, University of Sheffield

Juliet Swann, Campaigns and Research Officer, Electoral Reform Society Scotland

(TBC) Marco Biagi, Scottish Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment and SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central

(TBC) Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Political Science, University of Edinburgh

A deep sense of political alienation is a fertile breeding ground for populists. In her new report, The Populist Signal, Claudia Chwalisz argues that profound alienation, changing values, structural economic change and technology have together altered the British political landscape. Large swathes of voters feel that politics no longer represents or works for them.

A long term response to these trends requires a fundamental change in the way politics is done; rather than government for the people, government with the people. The report features new Ipsos Mori polling showing that most people would be willing to participate in randomly selected citizens’ assemblies, where ordinary people would have an influential role in policymaking at the local and national levels.

Inspiration from international case studies highlights the possibility for such change; governments and councils are being emboldened by the results of participatory deliberative democracy projects.
The rise of populism can be seen as a corrective warning signal to parties and governments to revisit their approaches to governance and political representation.

The research for the Policy Network report was generously supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Edinburgh University’s Academy of Government is kindly hosting this event as part of their Public Sessions series.

Facilitator:

Oliver Escobar, Academy of Government and What Works Scotland

SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT HERE: http://thepopulistsignal.eventbrite.com

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE: http://bit.ly/1LxhIor

5th February 2015
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5 Feb 2015
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Home Rule: What Might it mean for Democracy?

Venue:
Hemma Bar, 73 Holyrood Road
Starts:
06:00pm
Ends:
08:30pm

ERS Scotland, the Democratic Society Scotland and the Campaign for Scottish Home Rule invite you to join us in the first of a series of consultation events discussing home rule and what it could mean for Scotland. 

More information and booking here.



Speakers will include Kate Higgins, a prominent political blogger and campaigner and Ben Thomson, chairman of Reform Scotland. 



They will be joined by Andy Williamson, founder of Democratise and a Governor of the Democratic Society (Demsoc) and Willie Sullivan, Chairman of the Electoral Reform Society Scotland.

The event is free but please book via eventbrite. 
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ers-demsoc-campaign-for-home-rule-discussi...

14th November 2014
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14 Nov 2014
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Living la Vida Local!

Venue:
SNP Conference, Fringe Marquee, Perth Concert Hall
Starts:
05:30pm
Ends:
06:30pm

Local people fired the debate about Scotland’s constitutional future.  After decades of declining participation, people felt what it is like to have a say over their future. How do we make that the new standard for democracy in Scotland?    

Join the Electoral Reform Society, Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy, and the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee to hear about their citizen inspired ideas for reform at the local level.

Speakers: David O’Neill – Chair, Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy; Juliet Swann – Campaigns & Research Officer, ERS Scotland; Kevin Stewart MSP – Convenor of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Chair: Kate Shannon, Holyrood Magazine

Plus short intro from ERS CEO Katie Ghose

Snacks and wine will be available

10th September 2014
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10 Sep 2014
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'The Missing Scotland' book launch

Venue:
Hemma, 75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
Starts:
06:30pm
Ends:
09:00pm

Turnout in elections is lower than ever and over 1 million Scots don't vote in elections. Who are they and why don’t they vote?

In ‘Missing Scotland’ ERS Scotland Director Willie Sullivan asks non-voters their reasons and questions if they’re right to feel voting doesn’t make a difference.

This book directly gives voice to a range of the missing people of Scotland, asking them to articulate why they are politically disengaged, what their take of mainstream Scotland is, what they feel is lacking, and what kind of changes do they feel are needed for them to engage.

Missing Scotland is part of the Open Scotland series, edited by Gerry Hassan who will explain the rationale behind the series.  


Join us at Hemma on Holyrood Road from 6.30pm on Wednesday 10th September.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Please RSVP by noon on Monday 8th September to juliet.swann@electoral-reform.org.uk

6th September 2014
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6 Sep 2014
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What does a good Scottish democracy look like for women?

Venue:
Scottish Youth Theatre, 105 Bruswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF
Starts:
11:00am
Ends:
02:00pm

ERS Scotland in association with Engender Scotland ask 'what does a good Scottish democracy look like for women?'

Less than two weeks before the independence referendum ERS Scotland will present the findings of our Democracy Max inquiry and ask Scottish women to discuss our suggestions for democratic reform, and tell us if they resonate with you and your lived experience. Do you think the ideas we have generated will improve democracy for women? 

We'll be discussing local democracy, citizen led decision making, constitutional reform, accountability, empowerment and more. This will be an interactive day of discussion with your sisters. We want to (briefly) share our ideas and then hear your voices.

We also want to float plans for a post referendum campaign for equal representation for women across political and public spheres.

We think this is an ideal time to think differently about how we do democracy in Scotland. Do you agree?

Register now to join us.  

18th September 2013
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18 Sep 2013
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Inspiring Women - Women and Voting

Venue:
Out of the Blue Drill hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
Starts:
06:00pm
Ends:
07:30pm

Women’s votes will be crucial in the referendum on Scottish independence next year. Polls indicate that women are more undecided and disengaged from mainstream politics than men. 

  • What kind of factors have driven women’s voting patterns historically?
  • As we look to the referendum, are there implications for those seeking to encourage Scottish women to have their say?
  • How does this link to gender issues on the table at present in Scotland? 

Speaker: Juliet Swann, ERS Scotland

Join us for an evening of discussion and light refreshments. 

To book please contact
 info@engender.org.uk or call 0131 558 9596 

17th September 2013
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17 Sep 2013
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The Big Vote

Venue:
Linlithgow Burgh Halls
Starts:
07:00pm
Ends:
09:00pm

What kind of future do you want for Scotland?

The Big Vote aims to:
• put the referendum debate into the hands of local people
• provide an opportunity for communities to discuss the issues that matter to them
• explore the arguments for and against independence
• gain a deeper understanding of some of the issues

This event has been designed to stimulate new thinking and ideas.
Local representatives of Yes Scotland and Better Togetherwill be in attendance to represent their respective positions in the debate. 
Also invited is Willie Sullivan from Electoral Reform Society, who will outline the key findings of a recent enquiry into Scotland’s democratic future - 
Democracy Max

This Big Vote event is being organised by Scottish Community Alliance in partnership with Black Bitch magazine – Linlithgow’s news by Linlithgow people.

Everyone is welcome to attend but to help us plan the event please let us know if you intend to come by emailing big.vote@scottishcommunityalliance.net