What do you people want?! We all hear about how the relationship between citizens and governments has broken down, and how voters no longer trust politicians. So how can we rebuild trust and repair faith in democracy? Is it time to start experimenting with different forms of citizen participation, engagement, and direct democracy? Should citizens be more engaged with co-deciding budgets, urban planning, healthcare standards, and even rewriting constitutions?
Do citizens need a stronger voice in democratic decision-making? Or is the current system of representative democracy fit for purpose? Perhaps a few tweaks here and there would be enough to instil a greater degree of trust in government? Or is it a good thing that citizens don’t trust governments (in order to better hold them to account)?
On 8 March 2018, our partner think-tank will be holding an event in Warsaw as part of their European Young Leaders programme. One session will aim to identify three key recommendations for ways to improve the direct participation of citizens in European democracies, based on the input of 100 Warsaw citizens, the European Young Leaders, and the voices and views of readers on Debating Europe. The recommendations will also be translated into a series of live, pan-European debates on direct democracy and shared with EU decision-makers in the lead-up to the 2019 European elections.
So, tell us: What do you want from democracy? Take a moment to fill in the survey below, to give us a better idea about where you all stand, then let us know your opinions in the comment section below.
What do you want from democracy? Do you think your vote matters? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!