Transitions to participatory democracy

How to grow public participation in local governance

16 June 2021

By Riley Thorold

1 minute read

This research has highlighted six broad transitions in local policy and practice that can help local authorities advance and embed local participatory democracy:

  1. Equalising participation opportunities for residents.
  2. Building sustained participation journeys for residents.
  3. Delegating decision-making authority to residents.
  4. Embedding participation as standard practice.
  5. Engaging residents in partnership with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
  6. Securing broad support for participation, within and beyond public authorities.

The report details these transitions and gives practical guidance and priority recommendations.