The Citizens' Economic Council is a new RSA programme that will engage an independently selected and diverse group of 50-60 citizens from across the UK in conversations about economic policy. The citizens will engage with economists, leading thinkers and policymakers as well as other stakeholders, moving through a journey of deliberation that equips them with the confidence to discuss economic policy with agency and authority.
Whilst the economy is consistently ranked among the top three issues for voters in UK elections, there is a democratic deficit in economic policymaking due to a lack of economic literacy, a lack of transparency in the values and assumptions which underlie economic policy, and a lack of democracy and creativity in the way economics is debated.
The Citizens Economic Council seeks to address these challenges by demystifying economic concepts, equipping and empowering citizens to engage in debate, and creating a platform for new, innovative and credible perspectives on economic policy.
This opening public event will place the CEC programme in the wider context of participatory deliberations about economic policy, and set out its aims for enriching UK dialogue on the subject.
Join us at the RSA as we ask: can citizens really be economists, and what might the extent of their role and influence in shaping economic policy be?
Read the prospectus online 'Economics for Everyone' (on Medium)
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Economics is a discipline. Some citizens are economists....they hold a degree in Economics. Most citizens are not professionally qualified, but all have the right to participate in conversations that impact their future.
I have a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. I live in New York and am horrified at the UK Brexit mixup and the rise of Donald Trump in the USA. I am willing to join the RSA Citizens' Economic Council so long as it is global and not limited to the UK.