How citizens evaluate participatory processes: a conjoint analysis

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Publikationens författare: Henrik Serup Christensen
Publiceringsår: 2020
Tidskrift: European Political Science Review
Volym: 12
Nummer: 2
Artikelns första sida, sidnummer: 239
Artikelns sista sida, sidnummer: 253


This study examines how characteristics of participatory processes
affect citizens’ evaluations of such processes and thereby establish
what kind of participatory process citizens demand. The literature on
democratic innovations has proposed different criteria for evaluating
participatory innovations. What remains unclear, however, is how
citizens evaluate these participatory mechanisms. This is here examined
in a conjoint analysis embedded in a representative survey of the
Finnish population (n = 1050). The conjoint
analysis examines the impact of inclusiveness, popular control,
considered judgment, transparency, efficiency, and transferability on
citizens’ evaluations of participatory processes. Furthermore, it is
examined whether the evaluations differ by the policy issues and process
preferences of the respondents. The results show that people want
transparent participatory processes with face-to-face interaction among
participants and expert advice to deal with complicated issues. The
participatory processes should also be advisory and should not include
too many meetings. These effects appear to be uniform across policy
issues and do not depend on the process preferences of citizens.


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