About: participatory democracy

Politics 20-04-2017

Revising the ECI: How to make it ‘fit for purpose’

Following the high hopes for the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new instrument of participatory democracy, it has proven to be ineffective, largely unknown to citizens and neither user-friendly nor cost-effective, writes Assya Kavrakova.
Filippo Addarii
Languages & Culture 06-01-2015

Storytelling is part of the European Commission’s job

The Commission can make better use of art, technology and storytelling if it wants people to get interested, writes Filippo Addarii.
András Baneth, managing director, Public Affairs Council
Digital 18-06-2014

Why EU digital advocacy is more than social media

Engaging an audience around a message is now the rule, not the exception, in EU public affairs. Digital advocacy is here to stay, writes András Baneth.
Digital 04-11-2013

European Citizens’ Initiative: One year of challenges

A year of pushing for the first-ever European Citizens' Initiative to get a million signatures has taught the organisers some lessons: e-democracy is a wonderful tool to close the gap between EU citizens and institutions, but technical barriers and a lack of trust have hindered its use, writes Simona Pronckuté.
Elections 17-09-2013

New technologies are key to foster EU transparency and participation

The EU should make better use of new technologies to improve its democratic decision making, transparency and participation. This is key in an election year, at a time when the sense of trust among citizens in its institutions is at an all-time low, writes Marietje Schaake.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2012

Citizens’ Initiative: Trust collective wisdom

The European Union will soon launch the European Citizens' Initiative, a new tool to enhance participatory democracy and dialogue between the EU institutions and citizens. Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, is confident that the instrument will empower Europeans to deliver collective wisdom.
Public Affairs 11-10-2007

The flaws in Europe’s democracy

In an article published in the autumn 2007 issue of Europe's World, Jerzy Baczynski looks at the reality of democracy in the EU's new member states and addresses the 'democratic deficit' issue.
EU Priorities 2020 27-09-2007

Deliberative democracy can help EU address democratic deficit

Consulting elites offers deliberation but without political equality, whereas consulting the people offers political equality but without deliberation, writes James Fishkin of Stanford University for the Tomorrow's Europe project.
Med & South 29-08-2007

Lessons in democracy for Ukraine

The democratic transformations that Ukraine is going through are not unique - other countries that are now democracies had similar problems, observes a July 30 paper from the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS).
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