When faced with constitutional ambiguities, how best to make decisions? To test the feasibility of a citizen-led constitutional convention in the UK, the Democracy MattersGo to the Democracy Matters site project team organized two pilot citizens’ assemblies.

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Assembly North and Assembly South took place over two weekends in October/November 2015, with members deliberating on current devolution policy and proposals.

The pilots tested two assembly models: randomly selected citizens and a mix of randomly selected citizens and local elected politicians. This mirrored developments in Canada and Ireland.

The reports from the Assemblies and more details of Democracy Matters are available on the project website.

Funding Body

Economic and Social Research Council


Matt Flinders (Sheffield), Katie Ghose (Electoral Reform Society), Alan Renwick (UCL), Graham Smith (Westminster), Will Jennings (Southampton).