[The conference has now happened; this page is maintained as an historical archive only]

Day 1

Wednesday 5 November 2008
Venue: Room E, 7 Millbank, Houses of Parliament

1300 – 1330    Arrival and conference registration
1330 – 1400    Networking and light refreshments
1400 – 1415    Conference opening: Fiona Booth, Hansard Society
1415 – 1445    Position paper: Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton & Colin Hay, University of Sheffield [Discuss | Download]
1445 – 1515 Key note address

1530 – 1545    Afternoon tea

1545 – 1615    Key note address

  • Peter Riddell, The Times (Chair)
  • Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP [Discuss | Download]

1615 – 1700    Panel 1: What parliament and government can do

  • Phillip Cowley, University of Nottingham (Chair)
  • Michael Kenny, IPPR
  • Lord Norton of Louth
  • Austin Mitchell MP

1700 – 1710    Short break
1710 – 1755    Panel 2: What citizens and civil society groups can do

  • Sheena McDonald (Chair)
  • Andy Williamson, Hansard Society
  • Liz Atkins, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Simon Woolley, Operation Black Vote

1755 – 1825    Audience discussion: Facilitated by Gerry Stoker and Colin Hay
1825 – 1830    Day 1 close: Fiona Booth, Hansard Society

Followed by:

19.30    Dinner at The Atrium Restaurant, 4 Millbank.

  • Keynote address will be given by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

Day 2

Thursday 6 November 2008
Jubilee Room, Houses of Parliament

09:00 – 12.30    Presentations and discussion

  • New methods of engagement, Graham Smith, University of Southampton [Discuss | Download]
  • Challenges of multi-level governance, Tony Travers, London School of Economics [Discuss | Download]
  • Teaching Democracy, Ben Kisby, University  of Sheffield and James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University of London  [Discuss | Download]
  • Failing of political parties, Paul Webb, University of Sussex [Discuss | Download]
  • Failings of interest groups, William Maloney, University of Newcastle [Discuss | Download]
  • The role of new media, Rachel Gibson, University of Manchester [Discuss | Download]
  • Levels of participation and citizen attitudes, Paul Whiteley, University of Essex [Discuss | Download]
  • Bridging the gap: revitalising politics and the politics of public expectations, Matt Flinders, University of Sheffield [Discuss | Download]
  • Involving Young People, Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool [Discuss | Download]

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Revitalising Politics is an examination of why, given that the UK is going through a period of constitutional innovation, we lack the revitalised politics to go along with it. This website is a space for attendees and others who are interested to review, comment and expand on the position papers being presented at the conference.

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