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Medborgardialog - En studie av de bärande idéer bakom medborgardialog som demokratisk idé och en fallstudie av hur den som metod kan tillämpas i praktiken

Forsvik, Louise LU (2015) SGEL16 20131
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to examine if citizen communication as a systematic method is a good way to enhance local democratic engagement and to increase public involvement and participation in the planning process. Attempts to implement citizen communication at a local level have shown that quite frequently the citizens have little confidence in the ways they have been and invited to participate and therefore their involvement. Often they suspect a bigger agenda where the citizen's participation is just a way to speed up the planning process and establish an idea of how the area should develop. The politicians, planners, citizens and developers the main actors in the planning process, seem to have a different view of the role of... (More)
The purpose of this study is to examine if citizen communication as a systematic method is a good way to enhance local democratic engagement and to increase public involvement and participation in the planning process. Attempts to implement citizen communication at a local level have shown that quite frequently the citizens have little confidence in the ways they have been and invited to participate and therefore their involvement. Often they suspect a bigger agenda where the citizen's participation is just a way to speed up the planning process and establish an idea of how the area should develop. The politicians, planners, citizens and developers the main actors in the planning process, seem to have a different view of the role of citizen participation in this process.
Based on the fragmented views of public involvement and the difficulties that face practical aspects, this study aims, to see planning as a communicative and collaborative process within the field of social science, through a theoretical and empirical approach. The theory suggests the main ideas behind a communicative approach. Before the case studies an attempt to operationalise the theory in terms of a more practical view is presented. The empirical approach is based on two case studies with examples of how municipalities implement citizen communication at a local scale.
The case studies reveal that the theories behind a communicative method are strongly linked with its means and purpose. The biggest challenge lies in the practical implementation which is a delicate matter and requires experienced executers in this field. This study comes to the conclusion that citizen communication is a good way to increase public involvement over a longer period of time. The clarity of the process must be reflected in practice throughout. (Less)
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author
Forsvik, Louise LU
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organization
course
SGEL16 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
public involvement, citizen participation, communicative planning, collaborative planning, planning process
language
Swedish
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5436238
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2015-06-30 09:28:52
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study is to examine if citizen communication as a systematic method is a good way to enhance local democratic engagement and to increase public involvement and participation in the planning process. Attempts to implement citizen communication at a local level have shown that quite frequently the citizens have little confidence in the ways they have been and invited to participate and therefore their involvement. Often they suspect a bigger agenda where the citizen's participation is just a way to speed up the planning process and establish an idea of how the area should develop. The politicians, planners, citizens and developers the main actors in the planning process, seem to have a different view of the role of citizen participation in this process.
Based on the fragmented views of public involvement and the difficulties that face practical aspects, this study aims, to see planning as a communicative and collaborative process within the field of social science, through a theoretical and empirical approach. The theory suggests the main ideas behind a communicative approach. Before the case studies an attempt to operationalise the theory in terms of a more practical view is presented. The empirical approach is based on two case studies with examples of how municipalities implement citizen communication at a local scale.
The case studies reveal that the theories behind a communicative method are strongly linked with its means and purpose. The biggest challenge lies in the practical implementation which is a delicate matter and requires experienced executers in this field. This study comes to the conclusion that citizen communication is a good way to increase public involvement over a longer period of time. The clarity of the process must be reflected in practice throughout.},
  author       = {Forsvik, Louise},
  keyword      = {public involvement,citizen participation,communicative planning,collaborative planning,planning process},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Medborgardialog - En studie av de bärande idéer bakom medborgardialog som demokratisk idé och en fallstudie av hur den som metod kan tillämpas i praktiken},
  year         = {2015},
}