In 2008, the 144 members of the Planning Cell on Municipal and Administrative Reform in Rhineland-Palatinate met to discuss municipal and administrative reform in the German state.
Problems and Purpose
In preparation of a reform of communes and local administration, “planning cells” (minipublics) were held in several parts of Rhineland-Palatinate (Vallendar, Pirmasens, Prüm, Arzfeld and Bendorf) in June 2008. Places were selected as to represent urban and rural areas equally.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Each of the six planning cells included approximately 25 participants who met during four consecutive days. Meetings included information session with experts, small group (5 persons) workshops, collective deliberation phases, and hearings of politicians.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
All the planning cells voted on several reform proposals. These recommendations were summarized and handed over to political authorities.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
This entry is based on:
- Paulis, Emilien; Pilet, Jean-Benoit; Panel, Sophie; Vittori, Davide; Close, Caroline, 2020, "POLITICIZE Dataset", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/Z7X6GT, Harvard Dataverse, V1
- Data was sourced from OECD (2020), Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/339306da-en.