The Government of Vorarlberg initiated the Mini-Public on How to Create an Attractive Living Space for Future Generations (Wie können wir für nächste Generationen einen möglichst attraktiven Lebensraum schaffen?) in June 2012. Across 1.5 days, 16 people addressed the question, “How can we [combine] sustainability, satisfaction and deceleration with economic growth?”
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
This is the second regional mini-public (Bürgerrat) initiated by the regional government of Vorarlberg, the first being on the topic of ensuring long-term living quality.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The mini-public was initiated by the regional government and professionally facilitated by the Büro für Zukunftsfragen.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
16 people participated in the discussions, selected through a process of sortition. It is unclear which criteria were used to form the representative sample of participants.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
After a short expert input, face-to-face discussions began and resulted in consensus-based results.
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Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
The mini-public created a set of policy recommendations, which focused on four key topics: (1) politics and disenchantment; (2) education; (3) growth and environment; (4) affordable living. The results and recommendations were then publicly presented in a Citizens’ Café (Bürgercafé) together with head of the regional government (Landeshauptmann). It took place on June 13th 2012 at Löwensaal in Hohenems.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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This entry is based on the POLITICIZE dataset. More information can be found at the following links:
- Paulis, Emilien; Pilet, Jean-Benoit; Panel, Sophie; Vittori, Davide; Close, Caroline, 2020, "POLITICIZE Dataset", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/Z7X6GT, Harvard Dataverse, V1
- Pilet J-B, Paulis E, Panel S.,Vitori D & Close C. 202X The POLITICIZE Dataset: an inventory of Deliberative Mini-Publics (DMPs) in Europe. European Political Science.