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Preliminary communication

Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums

Norbert Kersting ; Institute of Political Science, Chair of Local and Regional Government, Germany

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APA 6th Edition
Kersting, N. (2015). Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums. Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, 15 (2), 319-334. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714
MLA 8th Edition
Kersting, Norbert. "Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums." Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, vol. 15, no. 2, 2015, pp. 319-334. https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Kersting, Norbert. "Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums." Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava 15, no. 2 (2015): 319-334. https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714
Harvard
Kersting, N. (2015). 'Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums', Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, 15(2), pp. 319-334. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714 (Accessed 03 April 2020)
Vancouver
Kersting N. Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums. Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2020 April 03];15(2):319-334. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714
IEEE
N. Kersting, "Local Political Participation in Europe: Elections and Referendums", Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, vol.15, no. 2, pp. 319-334, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714. [Accessed: 03 April 2020]

Abstracts
Political protests are growing in emerging and established emocracies. Since the 1970s, the demand for political participation has become obvious. The 1990s saw more open dialogue-oriented participatory instruments, which began to be implemented in some countries (‘century of participation’). The proliferation of participatory instruments in the field of talk centric deliberative democracies has been called the ‘deliberative turn’ (Dryzek, 2002). A new push is also attributed to the open government data, the movement initiated by the US President Obama’s government when it set up its open government data initiative in 2009. These include online and offline participation (Kersting, 2013). It is a practice that most new instruments of participation are implemented at the local level. It is frequently argued that these deliberative forums do not lead to binding decisions. However, compared to elections, the number of citizens participating is rather small and selective. New forms of vote-centric direct democracy such as referenda and other initiatives are implemented in some countries. The paper presents a model of offline and online participation. The focus will be on representative and direct democratic participation. Participation in elections and proliferation of referenda and initiatives will be analysed. Participation in these spheres of numeric democracy can lead to binding decisions. Legal frameworks of different European countries is presented and compared. Is the turnout at the local level small and declining? Who is included and who is excluded? In the empirical part, the article predominantly uses the analyses of the latest survey data from representative comparative opinion polls such as the World Value
Survey (WVS).

Keywords
participation; Internet; referendum; elections; local government

Hrčak ID: 142714

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/142714

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