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Local Participatory Governance and Representative Democracy

Institutional Dilemmas in European Cities, 1st Edition

Edited by Nils Hertting, Clarissa Kugelberg


200 pages

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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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Local