The institutions in our representative democracy have lost their power to shape developments. Greater participation through public engagement and participation in direct democratic processes are perceived by some to be an additional threat. Greater participation is certainly an appropriate way to future-proof our representative democracy and to make it more robust.
Jörg Sommer and Michael Müller
The participatory state – Representative Democracy and public participation
Berlin, 2017, ISBN 978-3-942466-18-9