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Medborgarförslag - ett sätt att stärka demokratin? En ideologianalys med kommunalt fokus

Back, Karin (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis aims at analysing conflicts between different ideals of democracy, using the example of a newly implemented citizen´s initiative reform. This reform gives citizens the right to make policy proposals to Swedish municipal councils. The proposals are to be handled in the same way as proposals from the municipal council members. An ideology analysis of various government documents as well as of an official state study (SOU) is carried out to identify and discuss the ideals of democracy that underpin the reform. The analysis is based on participatory democracy and electoral democracy theory and Arnstein's Eight Rungs on the Ladder of Citizen Participation is used to discuss different types of participation by the citizens. To... (More)
This thesis aims at analysing conflicts between different ideals of democracy, using the example of a newly implemented citizen´s initiative reform. This reform gives citizens the right to make policy proposals to Swedish municipal councils. The proposals are to be handled in the same way as proposals from the municipal council members. An ideology analysis of various government documents as well as of an official state study (SOU) is carried out to identify and discuss the ideals of democracy that underpin the reform. The analysis is based on participatory democracy and electoral democracy theory and Arnstein's Eight Rungs on the Ladder of Citizen Participation is used to discuss different types of participation by the citizens. To describe the functioning of the citizen´s initiative reform at the municipal level, a case study of the municipalities of Botkyrka and Lund is conducted. The results of the paper clearly point out that the Swedish government simultaneously advocates both participatory democracy and electoral democracy. The thesis also shows that promoting a combination of several ideals of democracy is problematic if the primary democracy values of the democracy ideals are disregarded. (Less)
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author
Back, Karin
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
participatory democracy, electoral democracy, ideology analysis, citizen´s initiative reform, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1317153
date added to LUP
2008-06-16
date last changed
2008-06-16
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  abstract     = {This thesis aims at analysing conflicts between different ideals of democracy, using the example of a newly implemented citizen´s initiative reform. This reform gives citizens the right to make policy proposals to Swedish municipal councils. The proposals are to be handled in the same way as proposals from the municipal council members. An ideology analysis of various government documents as well as of an official state study (SOU) is carried out to identify and discuss the ideals of democracy that underpin the reform. The analysis is based on participatory democracy and electoral democracy theory and Arnstein's Eight Rungs on the Ladder of Citizen Participation is used to discuss different types of participation by the citizens. To describe the functioning of the citizen´s initiative reform at the municipal level, a case study of the municipalities of Botkyrka and Lund is conducted. The results of the paper clearly point out that the Swedish government simultaneously advocates both participatory democracy and electoral democracy. The thesis also shows that promoting a combination of several ideals of democracy is problematic if the primary democracy values of the democracy ideals are disregarded.},
  author       = {Back, Karin},
  keyword      = {participatory democracy,electoral democracy,ideology analysis,citizen´s initiative reform,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Medborgarförslag - ett sätt att stärka demokratin? En ideologianalys med kommunalt fokus},
  year         = {2008},
}