Experiments in Participatory Democracy: Five Cases Studies

Academic

Source

Deepening Democracy: Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance
Politics and Society
Volume: 
29
Issue: 
1
Page numbers: 
5-41

Summary:

The authors highlight how liberal representative democracy has been criticised for struggling to implement democratic governance within large, diverse and complex modern societies.

They state: 'As the tasks of the state have become more complex and the size of polities larger and more heterogenous, the institutional forms of liberal democracy developed in the nineteenth century—representative democracy plus techno-bureaucratic administration—seem increasingly ill-suited to the novel problems we face in the twenty-first century'.

Their paper makes the case for more radical forms of participatory democracy as a potential solution.

The paper draws on five case studies in which experiments in ‘empowered participatory governance’ have been undertaken in a diverse range of contexts in the United States, Brazil and India.

 

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Author(s)
Archon Fung

Harvard University

Erik Olin Wright

University of Wisconsin

Countries/Regions
BrazilIndiaUSA
Published Date
March 1, 2001