Revitalizing local democracy and public administration

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Many citizens in western democracies are now distrusting politicians and political institutions, also feeling increasingly powerless. In a Dutch municipality, we experimented with a fundamental redesign of local democracy and public administration, drawing on principles of circular design. This local democracy, that long suffered from majority-minority ploys and voting schemes, has thus been transforming itself toward a consent-based culture of collaboration.
Period18 Feb 2017


  • informed consent
  • public administration
  • local democracy
  • trust
  • political institution
  • city council
  • circular design