Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy
Wednesday 9 November 2016 McDougall Workshop video now on YouTube. Speaker Nat le Roux Strategy Director of the Constitution Society
Major McDougall-funded Report by Constitution Unit UCL published.
Doing Democracy Better: How Can Information and Discourse in Election and Referendum Campaigns in the UK be improved? Report published March 2019, co-authored by Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit, with Michela Palese as Research Assistant and McDougall Fellow.
Recent developments have led many people of all political persuasions to worry that the quality of political discourse - an essential part of democracy - is currently too low.Particular concerns focus on the need for balanced and reliable information and on the dangers posed by the easy availability of seductive misinformation.
After examining existing practice in the UK and around the world, the core recommendation of the report is that a new 'information hub', containing information of many types, should be established to give voters ready access to information during election and referendum periods.
The authors argue that, to ensure quality and sustainability, the information hub should be publicly funded and run by an independent public body. This body would not generate all the materials itself, but would gather them from diverse sources. Wherever possible, processes of deliberation among citizens would be integral to the development of these materials.
Our key observations plus some questions arising from the UK EU Referendum and US Presidential election
McDougall Trust's quarterly journal published in association with Taylor & Francis