Public Participation: “Guvernment Of The People By The People, For The People”

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1. Introduction

Public participation is a fundamental pillar of good governance, not only because it gives voice to the people for issues that affect them and decisions that are made in their name, but also because it contributes to maximizing the quality and effectiveness of policies. A genuine engagement of citizens in policy making also raises public trust in institutions and their decisions by giving the public a sense of ownership. It is important to emphasize that the intention to engage citizens in decision-making needs to be sincere because the whole process is useless unless suggestions and recommendations are to be considered carefully and the public convinced that they can make an impact.On the contrary, it may even have adverse effects by lowering public trust in institutions. Hence, when analyzing public participation in policy-making it is crucial to look at how the process is carried out, not only whether or not it is conducted…

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: “GUVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE”

Policy Brief N.36, December 2015

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