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    Participatory democracy at the crossroads

    • Eurotopia No. 5
    24 September 2008
    Paper

    ‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions. This issue of Eurotopia explores different models of participatory democracy in Europe.

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    Participatory democracy in Europe

    Jax Jacobsen
    01 September 2008
    Article

    Since 2002, the number of municipalities across Europe which have taken up participatory budgeting in some form has grown from just a handful to well over 150. Yet the nature – and success – of the schemes varies widely.