The Constitution Unit


Citizens' Assemblies: What are they good for?

1 July 2019

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This event brought together Joanna Cherry QC MP; Lilian Greenwood MP, chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee; Sarah Allan, head of engagement at Involve; and Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. The panellists offered their responses to the following questions:

  • How do citizens’ assemblies work in practice?
  • What are they good for?
  • Are there topics or circumstances for which they are not suitable?