Participatory Innovations, Background & Effects

The unit examines a variety of democratic innovations including their background and effects. Currently, we experience a boom of these new practices fostering the involvement of citizens and civil society. Our research encompasses the breadth of this burgeoning phenomenon, examining various innovations, such as direct democratic and dialogue-oriented procedures. We investigate the background conditions for these innovations and scrutinize their effects. 

(New) Political Representative Claims: A Global View (France, Germany, Brazil, India, China)

Project Coordinators for Germany: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel and
Prof. Dr. Thomas Heberer
Team: Petra Guasti, Viola Joschko
Timeframe: April 2016 – March 2019
Funding: DFG (German Research Foundation) und ANR

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Inequality and Direct Democracy

Timeframe: 2017 - 2020
Funding: DFG (German Research Foundation)
Leader: Brigitte Geißel
Team: Anna Krämling, Lars Paulus, Amelie Buck

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Impacts of Dialogoriented Participatory Procedure - Metaanalytical Pilotstudy

Timeframe: 2014 - 2016
Funding: DFG (German Research Foundation)
Leader: Brigitte Geißel
Team: Pamela Hess, Marco Brehme

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Elections Experiment: City of Filderstadt

Leader: Brigitte Geißel
Team: Johnathan Rinne, Viola Joschko, Petra Guasti

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Participation in Change - Our Democracy between Voting, Participating an Deciding

Timeframe: 2012 - 2014
Funding: Bertelsmann Foundation
Leader: Brigitte Geißel
Team: Johnathan Rinne

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Evaluation of the Citizen Assembly on Democracy (2019)

Leader: Brigitte Geißel
Team: Rikki Dean, Stefan Jung, Bruno Wipfler

Scientific Evaluation of Participatory Budgeting in Frankfurt/Main

Timeframe: 2011 - 2014
Funding: City of Frankfurt 
Leader: Brigitte Geißel
Team: Marco Brehme, Alma Kolleck, Martina Neunecker

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