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Taking a Deliberative Approach to Complexity: What can we learn from the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit?

What Works Scotland

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 from 13:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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Taking a Deliberative Approach to Complexity: What can we learn from the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit?


Tuesday 23 January 2018, 13:30-15:30

50 George Square, Project Room


Over two weekends in September, a Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit took place. This brought people together that broadly represented the electorate of the United Kingdom. The CA allowed members to engage in detailed, reflective and informed discussions about what the UK’s post-Brexit relations with the European Union should be. The project is led by the UCL’s Constitution Unit. Full details are available here:


In this seminar, we consider the lessons that can be learnt from holding such a Citizens’ Assembly and consider how such participatory processes can be built into current decision-making in Scotland. What are the benefits from holding a citizens initiative like this? What are the challenges? The seminar will focus particularly at the process, planning, delivery and impact of Citizens’ Assemblies.


The seminar will include initial presentations from the team that led and participated in the Citizens’ Assembly, before then broadening out discussion among a panel to identify key strengths and challenges. Speakers include:


Alan Renwick (Deputy Director, UCL Constitution Unit)

Kaela Scott (Head of Democratic Innovation, Involve)

Oliver Escobar (Director, What Works Scotland).


The event will be chaired by Doreen Grove (Scottish Government).


Refreshments will be available.


This event is sponsored by What Works Scotland, the UK Politics Network and the Academy of Government (all at the University of Edinburgh).

Do you have questions about Taking a Deliberative Approach to Complexity: What can we learn from the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit?? Contact What Works Scotland

When & Where

Rm 1.06, Project Room
50 George Square
EH8 9JU Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 from 13:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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