Local Democratic Renewal by Deliberative Participatory Instruments: Participatory Budgeting in Comparative Study

  • Norbert Kersting
  • Jana Gasparikova
  • Angel Iglesias
  • Jelizaveta Krenjova
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Since the 1990s there has been a trend towards more dialogue-oriented political participation—a “deliberative turn,” in the phrase of Dryzek (2003). Deliberative dialogical democracy often develops a path to come from conflict to consensual deliberative decision making. Deliberative instruments were positively influenced by local agenda processes in the 1990s. In the new millennium participatory instruments such as participatory budgeting have spread all over Europe. What kind of instruments are implemented? Who are the key actors? Who is included and who is excluded? Are these instruments enhancing legitimacy and are they able to channel growing political protest? In four systematically analyzed case studies from Estonia, Slovakia, Spain, and Germany different types become apparent.


Political Participation Deliberative Democracy Open Forum Local Agendum Civic Association 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Kersting
    • 1
  • Jana Gasparikova
    • 2
  • Angel Iglesias
    • 3
  • Jelizaveta Krenjova
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of MuensterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.School of Economic Management and Public AdministrationBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.University Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain
  4. 4.Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and GovernanceTallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia

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