The MAC, Exchange Street
24th March: 9.00am – 10.30am
NB. This event is now SOLD OUT.
Democracy Day – presented with Building Change Trust.
Electoral democracy is creaking at the seams around the world and Northern Ireland is no different. But analysis of democratic health often focuses obsessively on elections and party politics. What about the deeper ‘wellsprings’ of democracy – the quality and diversity of media coverage, the extent to which people talk about political issues around the dinner table or down the pub and, crucially, the willingness of people to listen to other points of view and change their opinion based on persuasion. In this groundbreaking research Building Change Trust commissioned Dr Paul Nolan and Dr Robin Wilson to apply the lens of deliberative democracy to Northern Ireland, looking beyond the simple act of voting to assess the deeper health of the region’s democratic landscape.
Following presentation of the research a panel with both local and international contributors will give their reactions, including Prof Graham Smith from the University of Westminster’s Centre for the Study of Democracy.
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