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2021 Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Politics and Gender

Democratic Innovation Beyond Political Decision-Making

Local Government
Political Participation
Political Theory
Normative Theory
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Rikki Dean
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Panel Co-Chair
Rod Dacombe
Kings College London
Panel Discussant
Brigitte Geißel
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

24/08/2018 09:00 - 10:40
Building: VMP 8 Floor: 1 Room: 106
This panel explores the prospects and challenges for democratic innovation outside of the domain of political decision-making. Democratic theory has tended to conceptualise democracy predominantly in terms of will-formation and collective decision-making oriented towards legislative politics, neglecting other potential domains for democratisation (Boswell 2016). This has in turn influenced our conception of democratic innovations. Nevertheless, democratic theorists have begun to recognise potential for a deeper democratisation of systems of governance, encompassing, for instance, policy bureaucracies and civil society (Warren 2009; Mansbridge et al 2012). The first paper of this panel sets out a capacious account of the democratic system, identifying the many different potential domains for democratic innovation. Each of the other three papers then focuses on a particular arena in which citizens engage in political action beyond the narrow confines of legislative politics. They cover a diverse array of democratic practices, encompassing participation in deprived neighbourhoods, coproduction of urban governance projects, and democratisation of philanthropic giving. As such the panel attempts to extend our conception both of the boundaries of the democratic system and the potential for democratic innovation. In doing so it aims to provide new directions for intervening in social systems to make them more democratic, highlighting the challenges associated with doing democratic innovation in these varied domains and how they may be successfully overcome.

Paper List

Title Details
Doing Democracy Differently: How Can Participatory Innovations Take Hold in Deprived Areas? View Paper Details
Enhancing Citizen Participation Through Democratic Innovation: The Case of “Ahora Madrid” at Madrid City Hall View Paper Details
Fugitive Coproduction: Making and Unmaking Hospitals in Scotland’s National Health Service View Paper Details
Modular Democracy: Building a Democratic System from Root Concepts View Paper Details
Tyrannies of Distributed Leadership in Co-Production: Power, Process, Paralysis, Permission and Politeness View Paper Details
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