Objectives

1

Better understand challenges to democratic cultures and factors influencing local responses to these challenges

2

Investigate the ways in which innovative and experimental governance practices emerge as well as the main actors, actor groups and strategies involved

3

Assess the potentials of different participatory mechanisms as models for renewing and improving the European public sphere

4

Assess and facilitate through design thinking and collaborative methods learning processes involved in developing experimental governance

5

Understand how local-level democratic innovation addresses power asymmetries and needs of more vulnerable groups

6

Assess the contributions of locally-based procedural and distributive justice to strengthening participatory and inclusive governance

7

Contribute to new conceptual and comparative frameworks of participative-deliberative democracy

8

Methodological advances, elaboration of methods and tools for transferring governance innovation practices

9

Elaborate policy options for strengthening inclusive governance and for bridging discrepancies and trade-offs between participative and deliberative governance modes