Recent years have seen a wave of interest in doing democracy in a more deliberative way, enabling citizens to participate in reflective and informed discussions about key policy questions before reaching decisions. The Constitution Unit is at the forefront of applying such approaches in the UK. In two recent projects, the Unit has taken part in running citizens' assemblies, to explore how such bodies could help resolve complex policy problems. In other projects, the Unit has examined ways in which deliberative approaches to politics could be applied in the UK context.
The Constitution Unit’s research in this area is led by Professor Alan Renwick and falls into these primary areas.