This report from UK think tank Demos looks at building a different kind of democracy and how to involve people.
This paper is part of Demos’ work to build a different kind of democracy: an everyday democracy in which people are involved in the democratic process regularly and deeply, not once every few years with an x in a box. A democracy that is grounded in communities, organisations, and decisions that are fully connected to our daily lives.
For hundreds of years, democratic decisions have been made by voting for or against individual proposals. In this paper, we argue that this conventional form of decision making can be improved and introduce a method, Combined Choice, that represents decisions, not as a series of proposals, but as a whole.