What is democracy?
Democracy is a system that allows people to choose how their country is governed and how decisions are made. In Northern Ireland, we live in a representative democracy. This means that citizen’s (over the age of 18) can register to vote in elections to choose a candidate or political party who they want to represent their interests in government.
What is deliberative democracy?
Deliberative democracy is a form of democracy that places people at the centre of decision making and provides them with a more direct route to participate in decisions that affect them. Deliberative democracy is based on the principles that everyone has an equal contribution to make, openness to differing ideas and views, knowledge exchange and sharing of unbaised information, capacity building, and most importantly, collective deliberation and dialogue forms the basis for decision making.