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The challenge of citizen participation to democracy

Die Herausforderung von Bürgerbeteiligung für die Demokratie
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Biegelbauer, Peter; Loeber, Anne

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract "The paper starts from the observation that the forms of citizen participation have changed considerably from what could be observed in the 1950s and 1960s. Election turn-outs are falling, grass-roots activities of citizens are on the rise and political commentaries in different forms are proliferating on the Internet. How can we conceptualise modern democratic systems and forms of participation? How helpful is democracy theory for this endeavour? The paper revisits classic and post-modern models of democracy and makes an effort to conceptualise and classify modern practices of citizen participation on the basis of categories derived from democracy theory. Democracy theory should also be of help in providing an answer to the question of how democratic instruments of interactive governance actually are. Criteria for the evaluation of these instruments and their impact on policy-making will be derived from theorizing on democracy and some proposals will be made for an operationalisation of these criteria." (author's abstract)
Keywords democracy; conception of democracy; democratic behavior; participation; citizens' participation; grassroots democracy; democratization
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Wien
Page/Pages 33 p.
Series Reihe Soziologie / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Soziologie, 94
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications