Are innovative, participatory and deliberative procedures in policy making democratic and effective?
Article first published online: 25 APR 2007
European Journal of Political Research
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 445–472, June 2007
How to Cite
PAPADOPOULOS, Y. and WARIN, P. (2007), Are innovative, participatory and deliberative procedures in policy making democratic and effective?. European Journal of Political Research, 46: 445–472. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2007.00696.x
- Issue published online: 25 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2007
Abstract. The overall project aims to establish a dialogue between normative democratic theory and research on policy formulation and implementation. This introductory article first notes the growth of various participatory and deliberative procedures in policy making, portrays the context of this growth and justifies the cases selected. It then presents the conceptual framework used for the study of these procedures, which mainly draws on participatory and deliberative democratic theory and the literature on the shift from ‘government’ to ‘governance’. Based on this conceptual framework, the article focuses on four research questions the authors consider particularly important for the assessment of the contribution of the devices under scrutiny to democratic and effective decision making: questions of openness and access (input-legitimacy); questions regarding the quality of deliberation (throughput); questions of efficiency and effectiveness (output-legitimacy); and the issue of their insertion into the public space (questions of transparency and accountability).