Thinking Outside the Ballot Box: Democracy and the EU

8th February 2019 - 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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. In response to this challenging environment, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Think Tank for Action on Social Change (TASC) are hosing the conference, 'Thinking Outside the Ballot Box' on Feburary 8. This event will bring leading democracy advocates from across Europe to address these growing challenges. We invite you to register below. 

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
  • Referendums
  • 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.

Click HERE to register


Dublin Hilton Charlemont Place

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