Citizens' Assembly of Scotland: Research Report

Stephen Elstub, Oliver Escobar, Ailsa Henderson, Tamara Thorne, Nick Bland, Evelyn Bowes

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Abstract / Description of output

A new generation of democratic innovations is proliferating in Scotland since the turn of the century, including a range of participatory processes and institutions. The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland (2019-2021) was the first official assembly at national level. Its remit was to consider what kind of country Scotland should be and how to overcome 21st century challenges. It generated 60 recommendations across multiple policy areas and received an official response by the Scottish Government in November 2021.

This report presents the key findings by the research team that evaluated the assembly. The team was given unprecedented access to carry out mixed methods research into the internal (i.e. process quality) and external (i.e. relationship with institutions and society) dimensions of the Assembly. Drawing on a large evidence base comprising 7 sources of qualitative and quantitative data, the Research Report on the 1st Citizens' Assembly offers the most comprehensive study of its kind in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Government Social Research
Number of pages110
ISBN (Print)9781802018943
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • citizens' assembly
  • mini-publics
  • participation
  • deliberation
  • participatory democracy
  • deliberative democracy
  • mixed methods
  • Scotland
  • futures


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