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https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3

Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid

Ángel H. Iglesias Alonso ; Professor at the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Roberto L. Barbeito Iglesias   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-5132-3040 ; Professor at the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (289 KB) str. 246-268 preuzimanja: 136* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Iglesias Alonso, Á.H. i Barbeito Iglesias, R.L. (2020). Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid. Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, 20 (2), 246-268. https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3
MLA 8th Edition
Iglesias Alonso, Ángel H. i Roberto L. Barbeito Iglesias. "Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid." Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, vol. 20, br. 2, 2020, str. 246-268. https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3. Citirano 13.06.2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Iglesias Alonso, Ángel H. i Roberto L. Barbeito Iglesias. "Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid." Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava 20, br. 2 (2020): 246-268. https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3
Harvard
Iglesias Alonso, Á.H., i Barbeito Iglesias, R.L. (2020). 'Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid', Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, 20(2), str. 246-268. https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3
Vancouver
Iglesias Alonso ÁH, Barbeito Iglesias RL. Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid. Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava [Internet]. 2020 [pristupljeno 13.06.2021.];20(2):246-268. https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3
IEEE
Á.H. Iglesias Alonso i R.L. Barbeito Iglesias, "Participatory Democracy in Local Government: An Online Platform in the City of Madrid", Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, vol.20, br. 2, str. 246-268, 2020. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.31297/hkju.20.2.3

Sažetak
In 2015, the local government of the city of Madrid (Spain) introduced an electronic participation system. This initiative stemmed mainly from the social movements that had occupied the squares of many Spanish cities since 2011. As a result of the local elections in 2015, many of those same activists gained institutional power, took citizens’ participation very seriously, and decided to use the possibilities offered by the internet for political and administrative participation. In this article, we seek to assess the impacts of the Madrid city government with the e-democracy experiment – based mainly on establishing an
online platform to facilitate citizen participation in political and administrative decision processes. Drawing on qualitative and documental data, our research indicates that whereas the overall aim of the project was to give citizens a say in local policy and decision making, our case study shows that participation was very low since most of the population does not feel concerned by these processes.
Indeed, one of our findings showed that citizens’ involvement offline surpassed in some cases their online participation. To identify who is politically active online and offline is a great challenge, to which the promoters of the project did not pay much attention. Although e-participation was meagre in relation to the electoral turnout, the case study also shows that many proposals from the public
were incorporated into the local policies, indicating that from a qualitative point of view, e-participation influences decision-making processes. Perhaps local governments should use a more strategic and integrated approach towards the use of electronic technologies to foster and motivate citizens’ involvement in local politics and administration. This more integrated approach should be less dependent on ideological incentives, more institutionalized, and must incorporate citizens’
perceptions and inputs before the introduction of new technologies.

Ključne riječi
e-democracy; local government; participatory democracy; Madrid; new social movements

Hrčak ID: 241883

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/241883

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