Deliberation, Democracy and Experts 

Dr Connelly

Date:       Monday 16th January 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our speaker for the January meeting was Professor James Connelly from the School of Law and Politics at the University of Hull. This talk considered the issue, in a representative democracy, of the relationship between deliberation, experts and expertise. Professor Connelly discussed the role of experts and the nature of political judgement and inquired into claims to expertise in a world where information is easy to obtain, and the appearance of knowledge is easy to maintain, but where it is increasingly difficult to persuade the public that experts and politicians might have knowledge and judgement that they do not possess. This was related to the nature of political responsibility and its requirement for accurate and coherent knowledge as opposed to the relative freedom of citizens without official responsibility who do not need to cultivate such knowledge

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