Sortition in Scotland

CA Scotland coverThe first step towards the end of politicians is probably establishing second chambers in parliaments composed of a representative, random sample of people.

But how would it be implemented in practice? What powers would these people initially have?

My new paper proposes such a second chamber for the Scottish Parliament and has been published by the Sortition Foundation in collaboration with Common Weal Scotland and the newDemocracy Foundation. It discusses various options for levels of empowerment and gives a detailed answer to the question of implementation.

Initial (somewhat inaccurate) press coverage by The National was okay, except for the unhelpful headline which focused on the proposed salary and called assembly members Scottish 'Lords'.

I will be on the panel of a (sold out) talk at Edinburgh University that will discuss the merits of the proposal.

The full paper can be accessed here.

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