Citizens’ Assemblies and Political Reform
Speaker: Prof. Kenneth Carty, University of British Columbia, Canada
Date: Monday 18 October 2010 – 6 to 8 pm
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution has just recommended that Ireland create a Citizens’ Assembly to consider electoral reform. But what are Citizens’ Assemblies? How do they work? And can ordinary citizens really be expected to deal with the question of deciding what kind of electoral system a country needs?
The Policy Institute at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to invite you to a talk by Professor Kenneth Carty who was the Director of Research for the world’s first Citizen Assembly on Electoral Reform held in British Columbia, Canada. In this talk Prof Carty will answer our questions about Citizens’ Assemblies and explore what previous experience teaches us. Carty will also investigate what happens when citizens rather than politicians are charged with sorting out big questions about how a society ought to organize its political affairs.
For additional details please visit www.tcd.ie/policy-institute/
There is no charge to attend this seminar, however as places are limited advance booking is essential. To register please contact:
Policy Institute, Trinity College Dublin
1 College Green, Room 5.02
Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 869 3486
Fax: +353 1 677 0546