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Towards a citizen-centered multi-level ecosystem of political engagement

REDEM Workshop Reconstructing Democracy in Times of Crisis: A Voter-Centred Perspective, 5-6 February 2020

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Towards a citizen-centered multi-level ecosystem of political engagement

  1. 1. Towards a citizen-centered multi-level ecosystem of political engagement Identificació del departament o organisme Ismael Peña-López @ictlogist SciencesPo, 06/02/2019 REDEM Workshop Reconstructing Democracy in Times of Crisis: A Voter-Centred Perspective, 5-6 February 2020
  2. 2. Theory of change (most abridged) 2 Electoral processes Direct democracy Deliberative processes Transformation of the Administration Open Government Engagement Ecosystem New actors & new spaces Improve efficacy and efficiency of public policies Understanding the complexity of public decision-making Reduce populism (fascism) Foster a shift towards a technopolitical paradigm of collective action
  3. 3. Vision & Mission of Citizen Participation Vision The Administration keeps a constant dialogue with citizens. Mission To transform the Administration by means of citizen participation, and to transform the Administration to enable citizen participation. 3
  4. 4. Value chain 4 Instruments of citizen participation Infrastructures New actors New spaces Knowledge management Transformation of the Administration Diagnosis Implemen- tation EvaluationDesign
  5. 5. A citizens’ consultation in a nutshell 5 Diagnosis Implemen- tation EvaluationDesign Framework Rules, limits Political Commitment Task Force Map of Actors Outputs Outcomes Target Instruments Information Communication
  6. 6. Ecosystem of citizen participation Nationwide ecosystem of citizen participation, coherent and consistent in methodology and infrastructures, efficient and effective Space of coordination and exchange of knowledge Foster instruments collectively Coordinate training activities Promote synergies between public bodies 6
  7. 7. Infrastructures of citizen participation Methodology Training Technology New actors, new spaces, new instruments Governance of the model 7
  8. 8. Interdept. Commission of Transparency and Open Govt 8  Open government ministry  Open Government secretariat, DG Transparency, DG Participation  Government Secretariat, General Controller, General Legal Affairs Office  13 secretariats general, S. Public Government, S. of Public finances  DG Interdept. Coordination, DG Citizen Service, DG Public Procurement, DG Law and Legal Entities, DG Cultural Heritage  School of Public Administration  General strategy  Portfolio of centralized services and support for decentralized services Horizontally coordinate all OGov activity
  9. 9. Network of Transparent Governments of Catalonia 9 Vertically coordinate all OGov activity  National government  Province governments  Local governments (by means of associations of municipalities)  National and local consortia  School of Public Administration  Guild of local secretaries, controllers and treasurers  Transparency and open data portals  Training on Open Government  Citizen Participation methodologies  Technology standards, tools and services
  10. 10. Decidim Catalunya  A tool for a methodology: technology is not neutral  A service for all and from all  1 solution for everybody  Economies of scale  Network economies  Expand the AOC model of Transparency and e-Government  Digital identity  1 citizen, 1 digital identity  1 citizen, 1 multilevel identity  An actor with a voice of its own in a big community Decidim (‘we decide’), a participation and KM digital platform 10
  11. 11. ParticipaLab network A network of networks to turn public facilities into reference sites in the municipality on citizen participation and engagement.  Raise awareness on quality democracy, citizen participation and innovation on political and democratic processes.  Coach the local Administration in citizen participation projects and social innovation for political and democratic processes.  Guide citizens through citizen participation processes, increase their willingness to engage and broaden the socio-demografic range of participants.  Promote social innovation projects in the field of civic action, politics and democracy. 11
  12. 12. Network of Open Participatory Governments(*) 12 Governance Methodologies Tools Training Diagnosis Proposals Granularity Capillarity Regional (NUTS2) Networks of Open Participatory Governments Deliberation processes (diagnosis, brainstorming) Citizens’ assemblies (formal proposals) Public consultations (validation) European Network of Open Participatory Governments Conference on the Future of Europe / EU policy-making cycle EU-wide initiatives Citizens’ dialogues Citizens’ agoras Online platform Project management Online participation Accountability Local nodes of the Regional Network of Open Participatory Governments EDIC EPLO Member States * Proposal for an Opinion for the European Committee of the Regions: Local and regional authorities in the permanent dialogue with citizens
  13. 13. i-Voting as a (transformation) service(*) 13  A methodology  A service  A technology  A strategy for awareness- and trust-building, habit-forming and normalization. Voting for everyone, anytime, anywhere * In an exploratory stage
  14. 14. Identificació del departament o organisme To cite this document: Peña-López, I. (2020). Towards a citizen-centered multi-level ecosystem of political engagement. REDEM Workshop Reconstructing Democracy in Times of Crisis: A Voter-Centred Perspective, 6 February 2020 Paris: SciencesPo To contact the author: @ictlogist All the information in this document under a Creative Commons license: Attribution – Non Commercial More information please visit