Promoting democratic participation and human rights
En favor de la democracia participativa y del respeto a los derechos humanos


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Gobierno del Pueblo


Renovación Humanista desde el Centro

Humanist Renewal from the Center


Participative Democracy

Participative democracy is concerned with how unequal distribution of power and resources affects peoples daily lives and how they can influence decision making which affects them.

Participatory democracy implies that the power to make decisions should not be left to a small number of people, but that power should be more equally shared among all citizens, so that everyone has an opportunity to influence collective affairs. The concern of participatory democrats is to achieve more egalitarian redistribution of power and greater democratisation of the political process at both national and local level.

Local governance is the wider context in which we organise, manage and participate in structures and processes which affect our lives. Local governance can, therefore, encompass systems such as local and regional political decision making fora, local authorities, local development agencies, statutory and semi-state agencies such as those involved in employment, health, education and social welfare, as well as community development organisations, neighbourhood voluntary groups, Traveller organisations and other communities of interest.

This proposal requires the development of a system of local government which reflects a mix of representative and participative democracy and which promotes a system of local governance in which there are a broad range of decision making arenas. A system in which decisions can be made collectively and on the basis of an agreed agenda. A system which is transparent and accountable to the citizen. The principles involved in participatory democracy are familiar to many involved in community development and include:

* Participation
* Self determination
* Power sharing
* Equality
* Social inclusion
* Protection of autonomous, independent voices.
* Flexible, working structures which are accountable and transparent and which resource and take into account the needs of all participating partners.

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