A Forum on Economic Democracy
Date(s) - 27/01/2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Houses of Parliament
|Shout Out UK & Democracy Matters Presents… ‘Democracy & the Corporation': A Forum on Economic Democracy
The event will be taking place on the 27th of January 2014 at Parliament (Committee Room 16) from 6pm-8pm.
How can one speak of democracy when those with the most influence cannot be touched at the ballot box? It seems that democracy thrives when there are real opportunities for the mass of ordinary people to meaningfully participate in politics, although recently this does not appear to be the case.
Many would argue that it is no coincidence that democracy has seemingly failed, or gone horribly wrong somewhere, whilst the influence of business and finance in political and monetary affairs has increased.
Some have even described Britain as a “plutocracy” where a ‘select elite’ of businessman, shareholders and managers make all the key economic decisions.
Right now democracy is facing a magnitude of threats from big business in the forms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, corporate lobbying, a minefield of issues surrounding party funding, and the ‘revolving door’ between positions of power and employment under those with vested interests.
We invite you join us and the panel as we discuss and debate both the relationship between democracy and the corporation, and also what can be done to ensure that everyone gets an equal say in the ruling of this country, no matter how much they have in their wallets.
Professor Colin Crouch – Author of ‘Post-Democracy’ & ‘The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism’.
Professor Paddy Ireland – Lawyer, University of Bristol
Peter Tatchell – Activist, Peter Tatchell Foundation
Janet Williamson – TUC
Dave Dewhurst – Occupy London.
Hosted by Bob Blackman, MP.