It’s almost 25 years since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, but how much has our political system changed in that time? In Northern Ireland the agreement showed how compromise to provide for electorally inclusive power sharing could be achieved, but since then the devolved institutions are struggling to sustain the duration of an electoral cycle and deliver consistent governance.

These are some of the issues set to be discussed in Belfast at the ‘Future Politics: Delivering Effective Government’ Conference, organised by the John & Pat Hume Foundation, Queen’s University Belfast and Stratagem.

The conference brings together politicians, policy makers and others to consider and put forward solutions to our shared challenges under five themes:
• Institutions: 25 years since devolution; what does good government look like and how do we achieve it?
• Politics: Cutting through the noise: creating a more reflective political discourse
• Policy: Delivering better outcomes for people; the architecture and culture of policy making
• People: Whose culture is it anyway? Moving away from a binary state
• Place:
(1) Making the three strands work for prosperity: North-South, East-West in a post-Brexit world
(2) Our place in the world; resetting Transatlantic relationships

Our Centre Director, Kezia Dugdale, is delighted to be part of a panel, ‘Cutting through the noise: creating a more reflective political discourse’ on September 16. Other panelists include: Dr Olga Jurasz, Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University and Director of the Observatory on Online Violence Against Women (ObserVAW), Sara Canning, John and Pat Hume Foundation Board Member and Campaigner for truth, justice and equality and Brendan Hughes, Political Reporter.