1st Edition

Local Participatory Governance and Representative Democracy
Institutional Dilemmas in European Cities

ISBN 9780367243111
Published June 6, 2019 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Over the past few decades and throughout the world, numerous government-initiated experiments and attempts at directly engaging and including citizens have emerged as remedies for a variety of problems faced by modern democracies, including political disaffection and insufficient capacity to deal with the complexity inherent in many contemporary public problems, such as climate change and segregation.

In practice, these attempts are given many names, such as citizen panels, deliberative fora, collaborative dialogues, etc. In the academic literature as well, the phenomenon falls under many different headings, for instance collaborative, deliberative or interactive governance.

Participatory Governance and Representative Democracy  refers to this empirical phenomenon as local participatory governance, that is, government-sponsored direct participation between invited citizens and local officials in concrete arrangements and concerning problems that affect them. Participatory governance, we argue, may take many forms, regarding (1) type of interaction and type of communication between participants within the specific participatory arrangement (e.g., deliberative vs. aggregative) as well as regarding (2) the relation and connection between the specific arrangement and the more traditional representative structures (e.g., compatible, incompatible, transformative or irrelevant).

The proposed edited volume addresses the matter of institutionalization, highlighting the difficulties associated with establishing stability and a shared understanding of the roles and rules among citizens, local politicians and administrators in participatory arrangements.

Table of Contents


1. Representative Democracy and the Problem of Institutionalizing Local Participatory Governance

Nils Hertting and Clarissa Kugelberg

2. Tricky for Good Reasons: Institutionalizing Local Participatory Governance in Representative Democracy

Marianne Danielsson, Nils Hertting and Erik-Hans Klijn

3. Participatory Governance and the Need for an Analysis Inspired by

Ethnography. Two Dialogue Meetings

Clarissa Kugelberg

4. A Trojan Horse in the Representative System: Participatory Governance

in Rotterdam and the Redevelopment of the Fenix Storehouses

Lieselot Vandenbussche and Jasper Eshuis

5. Participatory Governance as an Embryonic Opportunity Structure: The

Case of the Young Adult Center in Northern Botkyrka

Clarissa Kugelberg

6. Residents’ Participation Under Representative Rule: The Redefinition of

Public Comments on Municipal Action Through the Promotion of "Participatory


Virginie Anquetin

7. Institutionalization of Local Participatory Governance in France, The

Netherlands and Sweden: Three Arguments Reconsidered

Nils Hertting and Erik-Hans Klijn

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Nils Hertting is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF) and the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Clarissa Kugelberg is Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF) at Uppsala University, Sweden.