town hall – ... 2: an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members
Town halls have lost some of their spontaneity. The 80 or so undecided voters chosen for Tuesday's event must submit their questions in advance and moderator Candy Crowley of CNN will decide which people to call on.
— Connie Cass
town hall – ... 1.1 (North American) An event at which a politician or public official answers questions from members of the public.
‘during Tuesday's town hall, some residents wondered why state or federal funds couldn't be used to shore up the hospital's finances’
Macmillan (open dict.):
town hall – ... 2: in the US, an event at which a politician or public official answers questions from members of the public
Angry constituents confronted Republican lawmakers at separate town halls in California and Florida.
town hall – ... 2: (mainly US) a meeting at which a public or company official addresses and answers questions from the members of the public or staff
town hall – ... (US) a public meeting at which a politician or official speaks about his or her policies and answers questions from members of the public:
Last week he spoke on the economy at a town hall in Austintown, Ohio.
a town hall meeting
During the August recess, select members of Congress are holding “town hall” meetings to discuss the president’s plan for health care reform. Several recent such events have descended into chaos— even violence. Are there any rules that govern town hall meetings?
No. What politicians call “town halls” are really just informal gatherings for constituents to have their voices heard. There’s no format that dictates who speaks when or for how long. If the issue being discussed is especially technical, like climate change, the politician might invite guest speakers to give presentations. If it’s something more personal, like health care, they’ll usually invite audience members to discuss their own experiences.
The very first town hall in the United States was established in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1633. Per the town’s court records, every Monday at the sound of an 8 a.m. bell, townspeople held a meeting to settle and establish “such orders as may tend to the generall good as aforesayd.” The decisions made at these meetings were honored as law ...
The practice soon spread throughout New England as an effective means for citizens to decide on important issues of the day. Town hall meetings gave locals a way to have their say in local affairs. The informal, majority-rules forum became a foundation of early American democracy and they are still used throughout the country today. The longest continuously functioning one, held in Pelham, Massachusetts, has been run out of a two-story wooden structure since 1743.
Early presidential hopefuls didn’t participate in town halls. They didn’t even openly campaign for votes. ...
... the Bush team believed that since the debate was being held in conservative Richmond, Virginia, undecided voters would be impressed enough by a chance to speak to the president that they wouldn’t ask him hard questions. Bush himself had fared well in small groups in the past, even hosting a successful “Ask George Bush” forum during his own campaign, which was analogous to Clinton’s own forums. The new Commission on Presidential Debates put the forum in motion and the town hall format for presidential debates was born. ...
The new format meant that candidates couldn’t easily stick to their talking points and instead had to react to questions culled from the crowd. It also created a way for the public to see how candidates performed in a more informal environment.
Town hall meetings, also referred to as town halls or town hall forums, an expression that originates mainly from North America, are a way for local and national politicians to meet with their constituents either to hear from them on topics of interest or to discuss specific upcoming legislation or regulation. During periods of active political debate, town halls can be a locus for protest and more active debate. The term is unfamiliar in British English where the equivalent is a (political) surgery. ...
Despite their name, town hall meetings need not take place in a town hall. They are commonly held in a range of venues, including schools, libraries, municipal buildings, and churches. A number of officials have also experimented with digital formats for town halls. Town hall meetings organized by national politicians are often held in a variety of locations distributed across a voting district so that elected representatives can receive feedback from a larger proportion of constituents.
Der Begriff Town Hall (englisch Rathaus) ist im angloamerikanischen Sprachraum eine Bezeichnung für Rathaus oder ein Haus für Bürgerversammlungen in Städten. Town Hall Meeting wird für die Zusammenkunft von Bürgern (Bürgerversammlung) in den Räumlichkeiten der town hall oder city hall verwendet, wie sie in Kleinstädten der USA üblich sind.
In der Wirtschaft kennt man Town Halls in Form von Präsentationen der Geschäftsleitung für alle Mitarbeiter des Unternehmens. In IT-(Informationstechnik)-Unternehmen wird es auch für Präsentationen in einer Art Betriebsversammlung verwendet.
Oft schließt sich einem Town Hall Meeting noch eine Diskussion bzw. ein Frage-und-Antwort-Teil (Q&A – engl. questions and answers) an.
Während der Corona-Pandemie hat sich ein Trend zu digitalen Town Hall Meetings herausgebildet. Zahlreiche Politiker und Unternehmen haben diese Meetings angeboten.
Siehe auch: town hall
Siehe auch: town-hall meeting - Bürgerversammlung
Siehe auch: Obama holds a town hall
Siehe auch: town-hall-style meetings
Siehe auch: town hall vs city hall
surgery – 3: (British) a period of time when people can visit their Member of Parliament (=elected political representative) to discuss problems
surgery – ... 4. (British) an occasion when an MP, lawyer, etc, is available for consultation
surgery – ... 2: (British) ... 2.2: An occasion on which an MP, lawyer, or other professional person gives advice.
‘Woodhatch residents no longer need to travel to Redhill for advice as an outreach surgery will be operating soon on their doorstep.’