When Dyadic Federations Fall Apart and When they Remain Together: a Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Bipolar Federalism around the World

Christoph Niessen, Min Reuchamps, Dejan Stjepanovic, Jérémy Dodeigne, Augustin Habra

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Abstract

Political decision-makers make increasingly use of deliberative citizen assemblies to associate ordinary citizens to political decision-making and gather the informed op inion of people from various societal backgrounds. However, they launch so called ‘mini-publics’ without defining in advance how compelling they want the consultative process to become and, more importantly, without knowing how much consideration their mini-public will receive from traditional actors in the decision-making process. Through the study of a typical mini-public case, the Citizen Climate Parliament (CCP) in the Belgian Province of Luxemburg, the present research studied by which features politic ians and stakeholders judge a mini -public; and what place in the decision-making process they want to concede to this ‘new-comer’. Survey data show that, while most politicians and stakeholders had a fairly positive impression of the CPP, opinions diverge on whether its recommendations should be binding. The thematic and typological discourse analyses of 28 semi-structured in-depth interviews suggests that this judgment comes with four different visions of mini-publics’ place in political decision-making: an elitist-, expert-, (re)connection-and reinvention view; and is based on at least six criteria: mini-publics’ capacity, representativeness, results, topic, process and use.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2018
EventConference on Federalism, Democracy and National Diversity in the 21st Century - Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal, Canada
Duration: 31 Oct 20181 Nov 2018

Conference

ConferenceConference on Federalism, Democracy and National Diversity in the 21st Century
CountryCanada
CityMontréal
Period31/10/181/11/18

Keywords

  • mini-publics
  • political elites
  • stakeholders
  • deliberative system
  • discourse analysis

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