Citizen participation strengthens trust in democracy and brings politics and citizens closer together. Read more about where and how the Robert Bosch Stiftung is promoting citizen participation here.
What role does citizen participation play in today's democracy? In an increasingly complex world, citizen participation is an opportunity to get more people involved in the democratic process and find good solutions together. We support projects that enable previously uninvolved citizens to participate in political projects and decision-making processes.
Citizen participation refers to the active participation of citizens in political and social affairs. It is a complementary format to representative democracy that aims to involve more people in decision-making processes and make their voices heard on issues that affect their lives.
Citizen participation can take place at various political levels, whether municipal, regional, national, or even cross-border. At the international level, citizen participation is defined differently from country to country. Within the EU, we distinguish between different forms of citizen participation (see question: “What forms of citizen participation exist”?)
Citizen participation helps to involve more people in political decisions that consider their views and ideas. This increases the acceptance of these decisions, creates trust in democratic processes and reinforces a sense of community. Citizen participation is professionally accompanied: Participants receive factual information and are supported in their discussions by neutral moderators.
Read our other dossiers