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Democratic Innovations: Meeting Great Expectations?

Democracy
Governance
Policy Analysis
Political Participation
Referendums and Initiatives
Communication
Decision Making
Normative Theory
S22
Sofie Marien
University of Leuven

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Democratic Innovations


Abstract

Democratic innovations are at a crossroads. For some, the time has come for these ‘citizen-centric’ initiatives to be scaled up and empowered to influence binding decisions. These innovations have established a track record in deepening democratic engagement, whether it is in the context of planning in local communities or identifying prospects for global climate change policies. For others, however, democratic innovations have stopped being democratic and innovative. Instead of delivering on their promise of generating legitimate outcomes, policymakers and corporate interests have co-opted these democratic forums. The much cited ‘crisis of democracy’ also places democratic innovations on the spot. Why is it that the age of democratic innovations in political theory has also been the age of bigotry, fake news, and populism in political practice? This Section is designed to get to the heart of these issues. It seeks to generate a conversation between advocates, sceptics, and observers of democratic innovations, as well as scholars that envision their future.

Code Title Details
P103 Deliberative Democracy and Populism: A (Mis)match? View Panel Details
P107 Democratic Innovation Beyond Political Decision-Making View Panel Details
P108 Democratic Innovation Within Political Parties View Panel Details
P109 Democratic Innovations in Environmental Politics View Panel Details
P117 Direct Democracy: Opinion Formation, Participation, and Effects on Citizens and Societal Outcomes View Panel Details
P156 Expectations Towards Citizens in Democratic Innovations – Good, Bad or Just Different? View Panel Details
P170 From Democratic Innovations to Democratic Institutions? The Challenges of Institutionalising New Forms of Citizens’ Participation View Panel Details
P175 Frontiers of Democratic Innovations View Panel Details
P210 Inequality and Direct Democracy View Panel Details
P267 Mini-Publics Within Deliberative Democracy View Panel Details
P308 Participatory and Deliberative Practices and Their Theoretical and Methodological Implications View Panel Details
P362 Procedural Fairness, Voice and Democratic Legitimacy View Panel Details
P376 Referendums: Beyond the Direct/Indirect Dichotomy View Panel Details
P460 The Micropolitics of Deliberation and its Macropolitical Consequences in Deliberative Systems View Panel Details
P508 Usage and Impact of E-Petitions View Panel Details