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Theoretical Perspectives on Participation and Democracy

(Work Package 2)

This work package defines and analyses the three arenas of transparency (as provided by the RISCOM Model), deliberation (which draws on a notion of procedural legitimacy), and representative democracy. Both the deliberative and the transparency arenas have to find their places within the framework of the existing political process. We thus investigate how the approaches of transparency and deliberation relate to each other and also how they relate to the political system in which the decisions, for example on the final disposal of nuclear waste, are ultimately taken. This analysis will serve as a theoretical foundation with practical recommendations for other parts of the project, taking results from work package 1 into account.

Gaston  Meskens, SCK.CEN;