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Red & Black Forum: Brian Martin on Participatory Alternatives to Electoral Democracy

Date and Time: 
Sunday, December 15, 2013 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Unicorn in the ballot boxElection campaigns and voting allow people to participate in politics, but only to a very limited extent. Various participatory options exist, including referenda, self-managing collectives, consensus decision-making, small-scale government units, and randomly selected decision-makers. Such options can be assessed using various criteria including participation, egalitarianism, empowerment, tyranny-resistance and deliberation. We need to consider strategies to promote a variety of participatory alternatives, paying special attention to ones that can be used as part of day-to-day practice.


Brian Martin is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong, author of many books, and a long-time activist. Brian will talk for 30 minutes, then there will be open discussion.