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Learning from each other for governance: Transatlantic, transdisciplinary knowledge exchange for governance innovation. EDAP 4/2016

Wlasak, Petra and Blais , Jean-Sébastien (2016) Learning from each other for governance: Transatlantic, transdisciplinary knowledge exchange for governance innovation. EDAP 4/2016. [Working Paper]

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    If traditionally citizens’ influence in the design of strategic goals and policies was limited by the right to vote, the last few decades witnessed the emergence of a normative discourse and the implementation of different initiatives, challenging the representative democracy to offer a structure capable of enabling the dialogue between those elected and voters. By proposing a number of participatory alternatives empowering citizens, some of the democracies using those concepts are committed towards a culture of participatory governance. The two authors of this paper argue that learning and experimenting are crucial elements to find new forms and methods for participatory governance in order to strengthen democratic cultures, enhance the resonance capability to react to current societal challenges and to be able to jointly work on creating a sustainable future for today’s and tomorrow’s generations. The aim of this paper is to explore how different innovative experiments with participatory governance in different regional contexts, can learn and benefit from each other in a transdisciplinary setting. To do so, two case studies from Canada and Austria are presented, compared and analyzed: On the one hand, the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly in Canada as an initiative designed to develop collaborations between governments and citizens regardless of their age, sex, ethnicity, cultural background or social statues and on the other hand the project “URB@Exp: Towards new forms of urban governance and city development: learning from urban experiments with living labs & city labs” in Leoben, Austria. The paper will analyze and compare the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of these two case studies and put the results of this comparison within a transdisciplinary, transatlantic framework. In this specific setting the practical perspective based on the Canadian case study meets the scientific perspective based on the Austrian case study, whereby a unique opportunity is created to be involved in a mutual scientific-societal learning process and develop new knowledge for innovative governance. The paper will present key findings of this learning process and reflect on how they can be used to generate democratic participation, assist public policy development, improve governance performance and strengthen society-science collaborations in order to initiate sustainable development processes.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Governance, Participation, Transdisciplinarity, Innovation, Canada, Austria, Knowledge exchange, Urban labs, Assembly, Stakeholders
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) > European Diversity and Autonomy Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 11:13
    Number of Pages: 46
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 12:12

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