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Lokale Agenda 21 - deliberative Politik auf kommunaler Ebene

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LANGE, Katja, 1999. Lokale Agenda 21 - deliberative Politik auf kommunaler Ebene [Master thesis]

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Lange, Katja Since Alexis de Toqueville's study on democracy in the United States, municipalities are considered to be a school for democracy. Consequently, the academic and practical discussion on more citizen's participation in communal affairs takes place at the municipal level. This context makes also apparent the discrepancy between theory and praxis. Article 28 of the Agenda 21 (adopted at the Rio Summit of 1992) demands a permanent process of consultation between the citizen and the administration. In addition, it confers the realization of this goal to the municipalities. Within this framework, deliberative procedures -understood in the sense of Jürgen Habermas- are expected to contribute to an institutionalization of this consultation process.<br /><br />These parameters set the framework for this thesis. Its aim is to scrutinize deliberative procedures of the German town Heidelberg in order to evaluate whether their impact can be considered as an effective means to raise the participation of citizens.<br /><br />Part I analyzes the effects of deliberative procedures by means of using the scientific methods of an evaluation study. Part II develops a theoretical model which includes instruments of information, participation and cooperation. Furthermore, it identifies suitable procedures and classifies them in accordance to their possible effect. Part III is the first part of the evaluation report. It features the historical, political and economic situation of Heidelberg and relates these to the respective activities of divers municipal actors across time and space. Part IV summarizes the results of the study.<br />The evaluation study demonstrated that Heidelberg could further the level of participation of a majority of its citizens by means of a panoply of suitable procedures. The study concludes that deliberative politics in Heidelberg have been institutionalized successfully. 2011-03-24T10:10:30Z 1999 Lokale Agenda 21 - deliberative Politik auf kommunaler Ebene deu terms-of-use application/pdf 2011-03-24T10:10:30Z Lange, Katja

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