Nowadays, growing inequalities and precarisation of living conditions are questioning the functioning of democracy. How can people living in poverty make their voices heard in polarised societies, where more than 40% of assets and 25% of revenues are held by 10% of the population?
Since 2011, grass root movements have emerged all over Europe to criticize the current polarization of wealth and power and to demand for more democracy. While the Indignados Movement in Spain asks for a “Real Democracy”, the Occupy Movements that have started with Wall Street in the US criticizes the concentration of wealth in the hand of the 1% of the population and calls for empowering the 99% left. Similar movements have also appeared in Germany, the UK, Greece, Italy and other European countries.
In parallel, practices and experiences of participatory and deliberative democracy have been developed in several towns and regions of Europe. They aim at providing space to those who are generally voiceless in the traditional representative system and at giving to citizens a broader possibility to have a direct impact on the design of policies. What are these practices?
This section aims at presenting some of the movements and experiences in Europe that are currently pushing towards a more horizontal way of approaching politics, making that the voice and the dignity of every person is taken into consideration in the decision making process.
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Intermediary platforms or institutions
Participatory and deliberative processes
All Actions and Policies
Blogs and citizen journalismPublié le : 2013-09-13 10:22 -
Local Communities Protection CommitteePublié le : 2013-08-14 15:35 -
The Committee aims to support local communities in their efforts to promote local development working into two basic directions.
Civil Union for Energy Democracy - Bulgaria (CUED-BG)Publié le : 2013-08-14 09:58 -
Solidarity Bulgaria (SB)Publié le : 2013-08-13 14:20 -
Association of home-based workers, BulgariaPublié le : 2013-08-13 13:34 -
DariAcordar, the anti-waste associationPublié le : 2013-08-05 08:19 -
A non-profit and volunteer membership organisation, dedicated to prevent all types of wasting, with the fight against food waste as its most important and pressing goal.
Movimento Bagheria Bene Comune (Bagheria Common Goods Movement)Publié le : 2013-08-02 14:38 -
Creating a citizens’ movement dealing with the situation and management model of primary and secondary services within the small town of Bagheria (province of Palermo).
BIOME- Self-managed factoryPublié le : 2013-08-02 12:45 -
A Trade Union that is fighting for the independent operation and self-management of their abandoned factory.
Greek Forum of MigrantsPublié le : 2013-08-01 15:56 -
Co-operative CouncilsPublié le : 2013-07-11 08:53 -
Co-operative OldhamPublié le : 2013-07-10 14:37 -
Oldham is a co-operative council with an ambition to build a co-operative borough. This means everybody - citizens, local authorities and businesses alike - doing their bit and everybody benefiting.
La Démocratie délibérative, outil pour renforcer la cohésion sociale en Europe ? A travers l’étude des Plans de cohésion sociale en région wallonne.Publié le : 2013-07-11 20:29 -
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