Social Sciences Stars 2019 Canberra – Is it time for democratic renewal?

As part of national Social Sciences Week 2019, CHASS is organising a series of free public events in collaboration with publishers Routledge-Taylor & Francis. Called ‘Social Sciences Stars’, this series will be held in three cities – Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne on Monday, Wednesday and Friday that week respectively.

The Canberra event’s details are as follows:

Title: Is it time for democratic renewal?

According to the 2018 research report Trust and Democracy in Australia: Democracy Decline and Renewal (Democracy 2025), satisfaction in democracy in Australia has more than halved in a decade and trust in key institutions and social leaders is eroding. It adds that if nothing is done and current trends continue, fewer than 10 per cent of Australians will trust their politicians and political institutions in 2025 – resulting in ineffective and illegitimate government and declining social and economic wellbeing. There is an urgent need to reengage people in democratic decision-making, so is the time ripe for democratic renewal?

Join Professor Mark Evans, University of Canberra and Democracy 2025, Dr Leanne Holt, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and Macquarie University, and Professor John Uhr, Australian National University as they draw on recent research and explore the relationship between democracy and policy-making and focus on how the democratic process handles policy debate. This panel discussion will be moderated by Dr Chris Hatherly from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Please join us for refreshments following the panel discussion.

All welcome!

Please click here to book your free ticket!

Time: 11.30am for a 12pm start