Citizen Participation: Rationales and Approaches

  • Cristina MititeluEmail author
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Citizen participation is a process by which citizens’ concerns and needs are encompassed in the policy decision-making process of the local authority. The process requires a combination of joined relationships – an activity in which citizens attempt to affect government decisions to improve them, while the local authority activities should match the citizen’s views and needs appropriately.


Citizen participation is generally held to be a good thing in the public administrative decision-making. The focus on citizen participation increased in practice mainly because government officials have assumed more responsibilities in the local governance of the communities and with much less and limited resources. But also they realized the opportunities associated with the process, as it provides valuable insights on the needs, priorities, and information on what it matters to the local community.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management and LawUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly
  2. 2.Open University Business SchoolFaculty of Business and LawMilton KeynesUK