Republic of Europe

Participatory democracy is a tool. European Democracy is the goal

The Citizens Assembly which in Ireland paved the way to an historical referendum on gay marriage is a very often mentioned experience showing how revolutionary “participatory democracy” can prove to be. Indeed, enthusiasts of such a form of citizens direct deliberation believe it may be “the” remedy for sick democracies, due to the opportunity this methodology offers to bring citizens, experts and decision-makers all together and find common ground for shared solutions.