Video from the online workshop on Open Democracy and New Democratic Institutions

The recording from the online workshop on Open Democracy and New Democratic Institutions is now available via youtube. After a short introduction by Oddur Þorri Viðarsson from the Prime Ministers office The speakers were (in this order) Hélène Landemore, Jón Ólafsson, Salvör Nordal, Alexander Hudson and Claudia Chwalisz from the OECD, who presented the findings …

Online Workshop: Open democracy and new democratic institutions

4 DECEMBER 2020, 13.00-16.00 (GMT)/14.00-17.00 (CET) The workshop is held in cooperation with the Prime Minister's Office and OECD Exciting innovations in democratic theory and practice are taking shape amidst widespread concerns about the strength of democratic systems in a world destabilized by financial and economic uncertainties, deep political divisions and unprecedented disruption of daily …

Has Covid-19 changed the terrain of engagement?

Liam O’Farrell considers the effects of Covid-19 on civic engagement: Will the pandemic make authorities more interested in digital public consultation? Given that Covid-19 has only recently become part of our lives, there has not yet been a systematic review of how organisations and governments have changed their approaches to engaging with the public in …

The Icelandic DCD podcast speaks to participants in the Deliberative meeting.

Participants in the deliberative meeting in Laugardalshöll Who is ready to sit for a whole weekend to with 230 strangers and discuss amendments to the constitution? The Icelandic speaking branch of the DCD podcast has now released a new podcast series where Sævar Finnbogason interviews participants in the deliberative meeting on the constitution, held 8 …

Conference videos — Political Agency after Covid-19

The Political Agency after Covid-19 online conference was held on 15. May 2020 as the world is facing a pandemic that requires not only global effort but presents a trial of political leadership for governments around world. Each talk is around 40 minutes, including comments and discussion and they are listed here according to order …

Political Agency after Covid-19

Political Agency after COVID-19: Representation, Power, Constitutions. 15 May 2020 9 am – 6 pm GMTAn online conference mediated by the University of Iceland, EDDA Research Center. Register here If you have problems with the registration form, please email the conference administrator Þórhildur Heimisdóttir on thorhildurheimis@gmail.com Conference Program 09:00-09:10 Opening remarks by Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister …

Deliberative mini-publics facilitating voter knowledge and judgement: Experience from a Finnish local referendum

Maija Setälä, Turku UniversityVeröld, Auditorium 023, Thursday 12 March, 12:05 Can a Citizens’ Jury serve as a trusted source of voter information in the context of a government-initiated (top-down) referendum? Several studies show that Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) enhances voters’ knowledge and capacity of judgement in a ballot initiative processes. However, similar procedures have not …

Results from the Deliberative Poll on the Icelandic Constitution

https://youtu.be/K1v1QnDzzfI Results announced at Veröld Participation in discussion, a chance to study the issues and ask experts about them influences participants views on the the Icelandic Constitution and amendments to it. The changes are in some cases quite substantial. This can be seen from the results of a Deliberative Poll, conducted by the Social Science …

Lawrence Lessig: What the Crisis in America’s Democracy Says About Democracy Anywhere

Veröld, hús Vigdísar Thursday 23. January, 16:00 - 17:30 In this talk, Lawrence Lessig argues that the democratic crisis in the United States has less to do with the United States - more with democracy anywhere in the world. He discusses how new technologies have impacted modern society so that democracy itself is at stake. …

A Deliberative Poll on the Icelandic Constitution

This weekend 9-10 November 2019 the University of Iceland in conjunction with the government will convene a scientific sample of 250 to 300 citizens from all over the country to discuss constitutional amendments. The results will be reported to the government as a direct contribution to an ongoing effort to consider changes to the country‘s …