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De-Mystification of Participatory DemocracyEU-Governance and Civil Society$
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Beate Kohler-Koch and Christine Quittkat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674596

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674596.001.0001

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Consultation in daily practice

Consultation in daily practice

An in-depth analysis

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De-Mystification of Participatory Democracy

Christine Quittkat

Oxford University Press

Drawing from a comprehensive data base, this chapter offers a longitudinal analysis of those policy fields which are especially of interest for a broad range of civil societal actors (Social Affairs and Inclusion; Health and Consumers). It investigates which consultation instruments are used, which groups are reached with different consultation instruments, and if biased and unbalanced consultation of specific groups is discernible. It is shown that in the beginning of the policy process, civil society is more involved in online consultations, as there is a low threshold of participation. In the later stages of the policy process, however, stakeholder and expert involvement is dominant. In terms of the participative quality, the analysis shows that despite an extension of consultation instruments, this has not alleviated or eradicated imbalances in the participation of different actors.

Keywords:   EU, Civil Society, consultation instruments, European Commission, participation, stakeholder involvement, DG Social Affairs, DG Health and Consumers, EU decision-making

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