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Thinking Outside the Ballot Box: Democracy and the EU


Thinking Outside the Ballot Box: Democracy and the EU

European Democracy is at a critical juncture. Diminishing faith in government, rising populism, increasing constraints on civil society and democratic participation, and flouting of the rule-of-law are just some of the worrying trends we are seeing across the continent. 'Thinking Outside the Ballot Box' will bring leading democracy advocates from across Europe to address these growing challenges.

Keynote speaker, Tom Arnold, will set the stage for the day's event, which will include two interactive discussions on democracy building and a panel on increasing trust in EU institutions (more details below).

More than 30 experts and practitioners from throughout Europe will join in these discussions, including: 

Berta Barbet Porta and Anthony Barnett of Open Democracy

Ken Godfrey of the European Partnership for Democracy

Arunas Geluans, Lithuanian MP    

Kader Sevnic of Democracy 4.0

Tadej Beočanin Mayor of Ajdovščina, Slovenia  

Malisa Zobel of Humboldt-Viadrina        

Jane Suiter of the Ireland Citizen's Assembly

 Fishbowl I: Local Democracy

Participatory Budgeting

Local Economic Democracy

Deliberative Democracy

Government Accountability Mechanisms

 Fishbowl II: Restoring Confidence in Representative Democracy

Get out the vote campaigns

Open Government


Dissemination of policy knowledge

Panel Discussion: Building Democratic Structures in the EU

Linking representative and participatory democracy

Building trust in institutions

Utilising digital democracy

Increasing public engagement with the EU

Increasing the impact of EU funding on democracy

Please Note: The conference fee includes all coffee/tea breaks and a full conference lunch at the Hilton Dublin.

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