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Citizen proposals at local level: Inclusive or exclusive participatory democracy?
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3167-9389
2016 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Participatory democracy emphasizes the importance of the public´s political participation. Citizen participation initiatives in Sweden include among others civic dialogues in the planning, citizen proposals and e-petitions.  While participatory democrats recognize the need for representative democracy they also see the possibility and benefits of more political involvement by the public than is currently practiced.The arguments in favor of enhancing citizen participation focus on its different benefits. Based on participatory democracy, deliberative democracy and social capital   Michel (2011) highlights four contributions of participation to elements of democracy: influence on decision-making, inclusion, skills and virtues, deliberation, and legitimacy. In this paper the design and practice of citizen involvement through citizen proposals in the municipality of Eskilstuna is studied.  The amount submitted proposals in Eskilstuna is growing. Still, this initiative for increased public participation in form of citizen proposals in Eskilstuna have some shortcomings regarding inclusiveness, deliberation and development civic skills.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
citizen proposal, participatory democracy, social inclusion, civic skills, deliberation, socio-economic neighborhood development
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-34633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-34633DiVA: diva2:1065408
Conference
Arbetsgruppen Bostads- och urbanpolitik vid Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte SWEPSA (Visby 19-21 oktober 2016)
Projects
Samhällskontrakt, HSU
Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2017-01-16 Last updated: 2017-01-26Bibliographically approved

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