Professor Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, wrote an article for The Conversation discussing the announcement of a citizen’s assembly on climate emergency.
In his article, Professor Graham Smith spoke about the announcement of a citizen’s assembly, a meeting that brings together 50+ citizens to discuss the ongoing climate emergency and ways to combat the issue.
Professor Smith discussed the growing evidence base for this form of participatory politics. He said: “Evidence from citizens’ assemblies and similar deliberative processes suggests that the broader public have confidence in the judgements of such bodies, especially when compared to traditional political institutions. This is true even of populist-minded voters, who appreciate that decisions are being made by citizens like themselves.”
Commenting on fixing the climate crisis, Andrew explained that citizen’s assemblies could be integral in uniting populations in light of the challenges of responding to the climate emergency. However, he warns that this would not be a simple task.
“Given the diverse areas of policy that the climate crisis cuts across, it would be a herculean task for a single assembly to deal with. The amount of time it would take to consider issues in enough depth would place excessive demands on the selected citizens.”