Participatory Democratic Innovations in Europe: Improving the Quality of Democracy?

Brigitte Geißel (Editor), Marko Joas (Editor)

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Representative democracy is often seen as a stable institutional system insusceptible to change. However, the preferences of the broad public are
changing and representative, group based democracy has lost importance. This development made it necessary to change established ways of decision making and to introduce participatory democratic innovations. Many national and
sub-national governments followed this route and implemented various kinds of participatory innovations, i.e. the inclusion of citizens into processes
of political will-formation and decision making.

The authors analyse and evaluate the various effects of these innovations in Europe, providing a bigger picture of the benefits and disadvantages different democratic innovations can result in.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVerlag Barbara Budrich
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8474-0371-5
ISBN (Print)3-8474-0113-0, 978-3-8474-0113-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeC2 Edited work


  • Democracy
  • innovation
  • Europe


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