Thailand Peoples Participation Dialogue Final

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Thailand Peoples Participation Dialogue Final

  1. 1. Importance of citizens participation in politics in Germany The case of the Free Democratic Party Source: http://www.fdp-shop.de/shop/picture/Seitenteil_Stark_vor_Ort.gif (12/11/2009) Presenter: Dr. Rainer Adam Dialogue: People’s Participation in Thai Democracy Sunday, 22. November 2009 Menam Riverside Hotel 13.30-18.30 hrs
  2. 2. Forms of political participation <ul><li>Elections </li></ul><ul><li>Membership in parties, associations, and unions </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions </li></ul><ul><li>Referendum </li></ul><ul><li>Constitutional review </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction between the mass media and the citizens (including the internet) </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions and demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Strike </li></ul><ul><li>Boycott </li></ul><ul><li>Blockades </li></ul><ul><li>Violent behavior (against persons or property) </li></ul>Source: http://www.fb1.uni-siegen.de/politik/mitarbeiter/baringhorst/dokumente/materialien_sose2008/ggi/wahlsysteme_und_wahlverhalten.pdf (13/11/2009)
  3. 3. Dare more freedom (“Mehr Freiheit wagen”) <ul><li>Manifesto of the FDP (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Dare more freedom with: </li></ul><ul><li>More transparency </li></ul><ul><li>More citizens participation </li></ul><ul><li>-> Civil commitment needs the enabling , not the nanny state </li></ul>Source: http:// www.deutschlandprogramm.de/files/653/Deutschlandprogramm09_Endfassung.PDF (12/11/2009) Source: http://www.fdp-nds.de/fdp_nds/media/fdp_10.jpg (12/11/2009)
  4. 4. Citizens participation as a liberal value <ul><li>“ Good reasons to vote for the FDP”: </li></ul><ul><li>More democracy </li></ul><ul><li>“ The FDP wants more participation by the people through direct decisions by citizens: </li></ul><ul><li>referenda </li></ul><ul><li>popular initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>consultative opinion polls </li></ul><ul><li>direct election of the Federal President </li></ul><ul><li>Our way of diminishing the excessive influence political parties wield is through privatizing public services and enterprises.” </li></ul>Source: http://www.fdp-bw.de/docs/18gruendeenglisch.pdf (13/11/2009)
  5. 5. Significance of participation (example: local affairs) <ul><li>5 benefits from more dialog and cooperation: </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding incorrect planning (subject-specific knowledge of the administration + expertise of the citizens) </li></ul><ul><li>Creating more acceptance regarding political decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Better identification with the community </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplying the effect with united forces </li></ul><ul><li>Investing in social capital </li></ul>Source: http://www.fdp-timmendorferstrand.de/index.php/startseite/buergerengagement/ (12/11/2009)
  6. 6. Significance of participation (example: local affairs) <ul><li>Ideas to generate more commitment: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify impetus and tap the full potential </li></ul><ul><li>Detect possible associations and bring the affiliates together </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for unified partnerships to save resources </li></ul>Source: http://www.fdp-timmendorferstrand.de/index.php/startseite/buergerengagement/ (12/11/2009) Source: http://www.fdp-celle.de/Willkommen_files/Fahnen.jpg (13/11/2009)
  7. 7. Liberal initiatives <ul><li>Community homepage “my party”: https:// my.fdp.de </li></ul><ul><li>Platform to communicate with other liberals </li></ul><ul><li>Free signing-up </li></ul><ul><li>Special offers for members of the party: e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>exclusive information about their engagement for the FDP or suggestions for campaigning </li></ul>Source: https://my.fdp.de/webcom/show_websiteprog.php/_c-743/_lkm-902/i.html (13/11/2009)
  8. 8. Liberal initiatives <ul><li>Trial membership </li></ul><ul><li>Free membership for a certain period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the work of the party </li></ul><ul><li>-> Potential integration of new members </li></ul>Source: http://www.fdp-landau.de/wcsite.php?wc_b=3849 (13/11/2009) Source; http://www.fdp-bundespartei.de/webcom/show_article.php?wc_c=1706 (13/11/2009)
  9. 9. Liberal initiatives <ul><li>Join-in-arena (“Mitmacharena”): </li></ul><ul><li>“ Workshop for ideas” </li></ul><ul><li>Generation of new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of the liberal party </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusive information (e.g. sent per text messages) </li></ul><ul><li>Writing letters to the editor </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul>Source: http://mitmachen.fdp.de (13/11/2009)
  10. 10. Liberal initiatives <ul><li>Online platform to contribute to and discuss about the manifesto of the FDP: </li></ul><ul><li>Free admission for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody can submit ideas for the party program </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting proposals will be voted on </li></ul><ul><li>-> Citizens can directly contribute to the manifesto </li></ul>Source: http://www.deutschlandprogramm.de/webcom/show_article.php?wc_c=1223&wc_id=2&wc_lkm=818 (16/11/2009)
  11. 11. <ul><li>Thank you for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Visit us on our homepage www.fnfthailand.org </li></ul>

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