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Citizen Participation in Multi-level Democracies

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Edited by: Cristina Fraenkel-Haeberle

ISBN13: 9789004287938
Published: March 2015
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £168.00

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Citizen Participation in Multi-level Democracies offers an overview of new forms of participatory democracy in federally and regionally organised multi-level states. Its four sections focus on the conceptual foundations of participation, the implementation and instruments of democracy, examples from federal and regional States, and the emergence of participation on the European level.

There is today a growing disaffection amongst the citizens of many states towards the traditional models of representative democracy. This book highlights the various functional and structural problems with which contemporary democracies are confronted and which lie at the root of their peoples’ discontent. Within multi-level systems in particular, the fragmentation of state authority generates feelings of powerlessness among citizens. In this context, this book concludes that citizens’ participation can in many cases be a useful complement to the representative and direct forms of democracy.

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Citizen Participation in Multi-Level Democracies – an Introduction Karl-Peter Sommermann

PART ONE – Conceptual Foundation
Chapter I. Federalism and Democracy – Compatible or at Odds with One Another? Re-examining a Tense Relationship Arthur Benz and Jared Sonnicksen
Chapter II. Participation, Federalism and Pluralism: Challenges to Decision-making and Responses by Constitutionalism Francesco Palermo
Chapter III. Federalism, People’s Legislation and Associative Democracy Sabine Kropp
Chapter IV. Forms of Democratic Participation in Multi-Level-Systems Anna Gamper

PART TWO – Concretisation and Instruments of Democracy
Chapter V. Direct and Representative Democracy: The Perspective of German Citizens Oscar W. Gabriel
Chapter VI. Perspectives on the Institutionalization of Citizen Participation at the Municipal Level: a First-Hand Report Helmut Klages
Chapter VII. E-Participation in Germany – New forms of Citizen Involvement between Vision and Reality Mario Martini and Saskia Fritzsche
Chapter VIII. Financing Popular Initiatives and Referendum Campaigns Nadja Braun Binder
Chapter IX. Participation and Administrative Procedure Jutta Stender-Vorwachs
Chapter X. “Liquid Democracy”: Solution or Problem? Margrit Seckelmann

PART THREE – Examples from Federal and Regional States
Chapter XI. Participatory democracy in Multi-level States Umberto Allegretti
Chapter XII. Direct Democracy and Citizen Participation in the Austrian Federal State Peter Bußjäger
Chapter XIII. Italian Regionalism: Participation and Plebiscitary Models Cristina Fraenkel-Haeberle
Chapter XIV. Direct Democracy in the Swiss Federation Zoltán Tibor Pállinger
Chapter XV. The Referendum in the United Kingdom: Instrument for Greater Constitutional Legitimacy, Tool of Political Convenience or First Step to Revitalize Democracy? Sara Parolari and Jens Woelk

PART FOUR – Emergence of Participation in European Affairs
Chapter XVII. Towards the Europeanization of Participation? Reflecting on the Functions and Beneficiaries of Participation in EU Environmental Law Birgit Peters
Chapter XVIII. Participation in EU Governance: A “Multi-Level” Perspective and a “Multifold” Approach Delia Ferri