Participatory Democracy

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What is Participatory democracy?

In a participatory democracy you are able to have more say and influence over what decisions get made, and hold the decision makers to account for the decisions that they have made.

A participatory democracy can be compared to a representative democracy. In a representative democracy you participate in elections every few years and vote for a political party or candidate who you think will best represent your needs and aspirations. In effect you have very little control over what decisions this representative makes once you have voted them into power. This is also sometimes referred to as a ‘shallow democracy’.

Participatory democracy is often referred to as a ‘deep democracy’, in that you are able to:

Participatory democracy attempts to find ways for you to be able to:

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