CITIZENS - Citizens' implication in local public decisions

Scientific objectives

The project aims at addressing the relationship between decentralization and democracy by assessing how the different forms of decentralization and the different modalities of governance may reconcile citizens and politics at the local level. We want to explore the political consequences of decentralization on the electoral participation, whether electoral systems favour or infringe the perception of closeness between citizens and the administration or elected authorities, or which design of the deliberative process may improve citizens empowerment. The research team of Citizens will combine different approaches – econometric tools, axiomatic and computational approaches, and experimental economics – to contribute to this rapidly evolving field of research on the quality of democracy at the local level.

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