Citizens' Assemblies

Many democracies around the world have been plagued by various disturbing developments. Some of the most prominent are an increased political and societal polarisation, decreasing trust of citizens in the institutions of representative democracy and democracy as the form of the government itself, as well as decreasing voter turnout. Therefore, to ensure their longevity, democracies must reinvigorate themselves. We believe that the democratisation of democracy and a more comprehensive and frequent involvement of the citizens in the will-formation and decision-making processes by means of citizens’ assemblies could be a part of the solution. This innovative participation form offers the potential

  • to strengthen citizens’ relationship with the democratic system and thus their trust in institutions;
  • to reinforce the feeling of emancipation and thus work to counter political disenchantment, while generating new output variants and thus a new democratic legitimacy;
  • to counteract mounting political and social polarisation by addressing controversial and polarising issues.

Find out more in our study below.

08.11.2021

Bürgerräte – Neue Wege zur Demokratisierung der Demokratie

Filip Milačić


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08.11.2021

Citizens' assemblies – New Ways to Democratize Democracy

Filip Milačić


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05.11.2021

“Citizens' assemblies can be a constructive contribution to democratization of democracy”

Interview with Andreas Schäfer on citizens' assemblies.


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Democracy of the Future

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A-1010 Vienna
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+43 (0) 1 890 3811 400

democracy.vienna(at)fes.de

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