Participatory Turn? Comparing Citizens’ and Politicians’ Perspectives on Online and Offline Local Political Participation

  • Norbert Kersting Universität Münster, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Scharnhorststraße 100, D-48151 Münster
Keywords: Political participation, Politicians, Citizen, Political Attitudes, Internet,

Abstract

The paper presents a participatory framework for online and offline participation (participatory rhombus).Most democratic innovation such as referendums, new advisory boards are primarily implemented at the local level, which can be regarded as a laboratory for democratic innovation. Some are online instruments (e-petitions, e participatory budgeting). The paper presents results from a broad representative national survey within 27 cities in Germany analyzing the attitudes of citizen and local politicians. Citizen as well as elected politicians and the administration are generally quite open regarding these new online participatory instruments. Participatory budgeting as well as Online participation is regarded less attractive?

Author Biography

Norbert Kersting, Universität Münster, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Scharnhorststraße 100, D-48151 Münster
Professor

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Published
2016-04-01
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