Ideas for Real Representation

This idea came from Steve Griggs and Neil Barnett’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016

What we’re doing
Getting Real about Representation - idea


Getting Real about Representation at Notwestminster 2016
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Who we are

Steve GriggsSteve Griggs
Professor of Public Policy
De Montfort University

Steve is Professor of Public Policy at De Montfort University. His research examines issues of democratic governance, in relation to local service delivery under conditions of austerity and the politics of sustainability. He has recently worked in partnership with APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence), contributing to its development of the model of the ensuring council. He is currently part of an ESRC 8 country comparative project into collaborative governance under austerity.


Neil BarnettNeil Barnett
Senior Lecturer
Leeds Beckett University

Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Leeds Beckett University, where he has taught a range of local government modules to undergraduates and postgraduates. He has also been course leader for several of the University’s management development programmes for local authorities. He has published and researched in the area of local government and Councillor roles.

Previously, Neil was a local government officer for 12 years, working in a range of policy areas.

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Design Challenges for Local DemocracyLocal Democracy Design Challenges

This idea came from Steve and Neil’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016, in response to one of our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network. The challenge is:

Real Representation: The job of the local councillor is to represent their constituents yet their wards can include as many as 25,000 people, all different, all special.  How can councillors better reach out to people in their community so that everyone can be properly represented?

Notwestminster Ideas Bazaar 2016

Notwestminster 2016 workshops list

Notwestminster 2016

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