Governance and Democracy - KATARSIS Survey Paper

Bernhard Leubolt, Andreas Novy, Barbara Beinstein

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


Although the welfare state is currently being transformed, it continues to exist in new forms. These vary in different cities and regions. They have in common to involve citizenry in micro-participation, while managing macro-participation by the elite. Especially community-based management and participatory democracy turn out to be concepts for socially innovative strategies which are fundamentally Janus-faced, as they tend to be strategically selective including some actors, while excluding others. Critical social movements may be co-opted into the state and lose their potential to contest political decision. But bottom-up participation can also be a step towards the proposed utopia of democratic governance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

Publication series

SeriesCollection ètudes théoriques

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502027 Political economy
  • 504030 Economic sociology
  • 507
  • 507014 Regional development
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 507026 Economic geography
  • 507019 Urban development planning
  • 504003 Poverty and social exclusion
  • 509003 Development cooperation
  • 509
  • 506007 International relations
  • 502049 Economic history

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