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From Devolution to Brexit: Lessons from the Citizens’ Assembly Experiments in the UK

By Prof. Graham Smith, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Over two weekends in September 2017, the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit brought together 50 randomly selected citizens who reflected the diversity of the UK electorate. The Assembly … Continue reading

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The Irish constitutional convention – lessons from abroad

A few weeks ago I organised an event at the Royal Irish Academy that brought together the world’s leading experts on deliberation, some of whom had helped organise or had being members of constitutional conventions in their own countries. The … Continue reading

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The anticipated constitutional convention: the dangers of premature judgement?

In yesterday’s Irish Times, Donncha O’Connell likens the much anticipated constitutional convention to a ‘quasi-therapeutic encounter between a selection of politicians and a glorified focus group of politicians’. His principal concerns are twofold: He bemoans the lack of a ‘radical … Continue reading

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