The Citizenry Component

Any external analysis of the relationship between citizens and their government is constrained by access to information about rules and policies of the participatory process and nuances in power and decision-making. Our community scorecard attempts to reveal the effects of these factors and other less tangible challenges by reflecting the perceptions of locals, whether or…

Research & Development Methodology for the State of Participatory Democracy Index

Laying the Foundation The first step in creating the Participatory Local Democracy project is to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) among practitioners from civil society, academia and government who focus on local democracy and participatory governance issues around the world. The team of The Hunger Project (THP) staff and George Washington University (GWU) Graduate…

Community Bill of Rights in American Municipalities

Late last year, several Ohio communities adopted local legislation banning a controversial drilling practice in their communities, adding to an already heated debate over the role of local governments in environmental protection. Ohio’s Broadview Heights and Mansfield joined a handful of other American municipalities in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania and other states that have recently adopted their own “Community…

Defining Participatory Local Democracy

We understand the need to have working definitions of the key features of our agenda, particularly as the Community of practice grows more diverse. We would like to open the discussion to other members of our community and invite your input, beginning with a basic definition of “participatory democracy.” In order to facilitate this discussion, we…