The People's Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-making
|Dates:||14 June 2017|
|Times:||18:00 - 21:00|
|What is it:||Book launch|
|Organiser:||Manchester Urban Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students, General public|
Manchester Urban Institute is co-hosting an event to launch Claudia Chwalisz's new book: The People's Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-making.
Join us on 14 June, 6-9pm for a discussion between Claudia and Neil McInroy (CLES) and a drinks reception at the Anthony Burgess Foundation. Liz Richardson from the University of Manchester will provide an introduction.
A short summary of the book is below:
Trust in government and politicians is in short supply. People claim to be tired of ‘experts’ and the divide between facts and opinion has been blurred.
The art of offering simple solutions to complex problems is tipping the scale away from nuanced, multifaceted answers founded on compromise.
Within this context, governments nonetheless need to make difficult decisions, whether it's developing budgets, aligning priorities, or designing long-term projects. It's often impossible to make everybody happy, and the messy business of weighing trade-offs takes place.
Claudia's book is a study of 50 long-form deliberative processes, where randomly selected citizens have played key roles in decisions such as Canada's national mental health action plan, Melbourne's 10-year $5 billion budget, Victoria's obesity strategy and Ontario's housing legislation, among others.
She makes the case that adding informed citizen voices to the heart of public decision-making leads to more effective policies.
If you would like to reserve a place, please sign up on Eventbrite - the link can be found on the right hand side of this event listing page.
You may also be interested to know that this event follows on from an event to launch the Human Development Report for Greater Manchester, at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester. For more details and to register, please visit the event page here: http://www.research.mbs.ac.uk/ewerc/Events/Launch-Human-Development-Report-for-Greater-Manchester. We encourage all to attend both!
Travel and Contact Information
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street