The Mini-Public on Successful Development as a Region (Erfolgreiche Weiterentwicklung als Region) was initiated by the regional government of Vorarlberg. Due to a high registration count (28), two parallel mini-publics took place, both organized by the Büro für Zukunftsfragen.
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
This mini-public was initiated by the regional government of Vorarlberg before a Landtags Enquete (regional parliament commission). Both mini-publics were professionally organized and facilitated by the Büro für Zukunftsfragen.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Due to the high registration number (in comparison to prior mini-publics), two Bürgerräte (citizen assemblies) took place at the same time with 14 participants each. All participants were selected on the basis of representative criteria but it remains unclear which ones.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The two mini-publics created a set of policy recommendations/topics relevant to the question of the Bürgerrat. These focused on (1) living space and living; (2) mobility; (3) costs of a “good life”; (4) value of family; (5) work-sphere; and (6) education. These topics were formulated as key aspects for the citizens regarding the future development of their region. The focus was, what is important to the participants, rather than which actual actions could be taken in order to get to these developments.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Public presentation of recommendations and results took place at the Landtags Enquete (regional parliament commission) on November 22nd 2013, in front of politicians and interested citizens. As with other mini-publics before parliamentary commissions, the process was consultative and the usual statement of the government is that the recommendations will influence future policy work.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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.