MED at European Forum Alpbach: Democracy at Stake — What Role for Participatory Policymaking?
New models of political representation and civic involvement are emerging and challenging established concepts and institutions. How should national parliamentarians respond to these new developments and this rapidly changing environment? What are the ways of engaging a diverse set of citizens while remaining true to recognized channels of decision-making? Do these new ideas hold the potential to make democracies more resilient or are they destabilizing societies?
Together with civil society experts, innovators in participatory politics as well as fellow parliamentarians, the Mercator European Dialogue side-meeting offered MPs the opportunity to share first-hand information, discuss new concepts around participatory democracy, and share the developments from their own country. MPs came from across Europe, including Austria, the U.K., the Netherlands, Romania, Germany, and Latvia.
This European dialogue platform is a project by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in cooperation with the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome, and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens. It is funded by Stiftung Mercator and since 2017 also by the King Baudouin Foundation.