Crescent Arts Centre, University Road
28th March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
A conversation on participative municipal government.
Across the world, cities and local authorities are re-imagining their role and experimenting with democratic innovations. Such a focus is important as local government is closest to the people, and the vitality of any national democracy closely reflects the state of democracy at the local level. This attention to the importance and enhanced role of municipal government is particularly important in Northern Ireland given the absence of an Assembly and Executive. In addition, the emergence of City Deals and the delegation of funding and decision-making powers from central government to local authorities provides an exciting opportunity to consider how councils such as Belfast can animate civic activism and re-imagine local democracy in a post-conflict, post-Brexit scenario.
Speakers include Rosemary Bechler, Editor, open Democracy; Dr. Roslyn Fuller, Managing Director, Solonian Democracy Institute; Eimear Henry, Belfast City Council; Dr. Agustina Martire, Lecturer, School of Natural and Built Environment, QUB; Bertie Russell, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute and Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, University of East London.
Organised by Open Democracy and sponsored by Belfast City Council.