Some politicians view participatory democracy as a threat. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Participatory democracy can supplement, if not complement, representative democracy.
There are numerous success stories of participatory democracy around the world. At the local level, for instance, many cities, such as Paris, have introduced participatory budgets, where citizens can vote on how parts of the city’s budget are used. Good examples also exist at the national level. In the United Kingdom, over 30 deliberative democracy processes have been held across the country over the past three years. These have consisted in inviting randomly selected citizens to take part in debates and make recommendations on various topics, ranging from climate change to Covid-19 recovery. Overall, democratic processes and institutions are shifting towards higher citizen engagement and civil society inputs are increasingly being taken into consideration.