5 December 2022
Democracies around the world are facing growing public disillusionment with traditional institutions.
Loss of trust in political representatives affects the way citizens relate to institutions and contributes to the increasing disconnection between people and decision-makers. In this context, public participation offers an effective solution for giving people back a key role in the management of public affairs.
Academic literature has repeatedly shown the positive effects of people’s involvement in the creation and development of public policies. Citizen participation has proven to be particularly successful in implementing policies related to social justice, economic redistribution and environmental issues.
Moreover, when directly involved in the discussion of relevant topics, people feel more included and connected with the community and are therefore more willing to commit directly to ensure the success of the policies they contributed to.