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Oxford Citizens Assembly Network relaunch

18th March 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In partnership with the Oxford Citizens’ Assembly Network (OxCAN), we will debate the late classicist Maurice Pope’s posthumous book “The Keys to Democracy: Sortition as a New Model for Citizen Power”. This newly discovered work is a compelling, radical and accessible manifesto for the general reader and argues that we are wrong to see elections as the equivalent of democracy. Instead, it asks us to reconsider the history, future and above all the philosophy of sortition, also known as random selection or democracy by lot.

Speakers: Hugh Pope, co-editor, Advisory Board Member at DemocracyNext

and Dr Michael Potter, Professor of Logic, Cambridge Faculty of Philosophy

Moderator: Richard Pantlin, OxCAN Convenor and member of Advisory Board to Oxford City’s Citizens Assembly on Climate Change

“This is a visionary, luminous, wide-ranging and profoundly humanistic book.” Dr Hélène Landemore, Professor of Political Science, Yale University.

“Incredibly knowledgeable and insightful.” Dr. Brett Hennig, Sortition Foundation

The Oxford Citizens’ Assembly Network (OxCAN) in 2019 helped organise the first full Citizens’ Assembly held in the UK on climate change, supporting the Oxford City Council initiative. It hopes to re-launch and promote more such assemblies in Oxfordshire.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served – Knowles Room, Wadham College, Oxford


18th March 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN