|Event details||The future of local democracy|
Professor Alex Marsh, SPS
Professor Colin Copus, De Montfort University
Dr Catherine Durose, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham
|Title||The future of local democracy|
|Type of event||Panel Discussion|
|Time||6pm-8.30pm (including the festival launch reception from 6pm - 6.45pm)|
|Venue||The Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ|
|Chair||Professor Alex Marsh|
Contemporary policy places considerable emphasis upon Localism. Yet, participation in local elections and other aspects of representative democracy is in decline in many Western democratic countries. In a bid to stimulate engagement local governments have experimented with a range of alternative mechanisms for involving residents, such as Citizens’ Panels. Moving to civic leadership by an Elected Mayor, as Bristol will do shortly, is one key innovation championed for its potential to reinvigorate political engagement. This session examines the broad trends in local democratic practice and considers the challenges and prospects for democratic renewal and enhanced public participation in local politics.
This event is preceded by a wine reception to open "Thinking Futures": The University of Bristol's Festival of Social Sciences and Law from 6pm - 6.45pm.