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Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics (6th edn)

Daniele Caramani
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date: 24 July 2024

p. 18310. Democratic innovationslocked

p. 18310. Democratic innovationslocked

  • Nicole Curato

Abstract

This chapter introduces the theory and practice of democratic innovations, such as citizen-initiated referendums, participatory budgeting, and citizens’ assemblies. It characterizes what makes these approaches innovative and distinctly democratic by situating them in the traditions of direct, participatory, and deliberative democracy. The chapter critically examines the purpose and limits of democratic innovations, presents debates on how these approaches are being applied and institutionalized around the world, provides examples and case studies of democratic innovations from around the world, and concludes by putting forward provocative questions on what it means for citizens to meaningfully take part in democratic decision-making in contemporary times.

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