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First REDRESS consortium meeting

3 June 2022|

After the online kick-off event in December, the first real-life consortium meeting took place on Friday 3 June. In the Lochal in Tilburg, Frank Hendriks recalled the idea of a hybrid democratic innovation with two examples: the Irish citizens' assembly and participatory budgeting in Antwerp (see images). After the

Increasing politician’s listening skills

31 May 2022|

Our democracy is suffering from a long due overhaul. Besides the frequent call for more countervailing power, there is a growing demand for new forms of citizen participation to resolve complex and long-running dossiers such as climate change, the housing shortage and escalating healthcare costs. As part of his

Exchange with research group UGent

23 May 2022|

On Friday 20 May, the REDRESS team visited colleagues at Ghent University who are working on a research project on participatory local government in Belgium. Their focus is on the following questions: Are the roles of local politicians, citizens, civil servants and civil society organisations changing? Are the relations

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