Participation in public policy
Building the country is a joint responsibility; it is not exclusively up to the political parties and the institutions but also up to the citizens. So apart from turning up to vote from time to time, citizens should have the chance to participate in managing the institutions. Consequently, the institutions need to establish procedures and the means to facilitate citizen collaboration.
The institutions must think about where, in what and how the citizens should participate; either by means of permanent systems of participation expressly set up for the purpose, or else through temporary participation processes. Citizen participation needs to go far beyond the mere word count, it has to be provided with content. So the institutions must give citizens the chance to express their opinions and share them, to collaborate and, at the end of the day, to build a new political culture based on consensus.
Participation processes should not be limited exclusively to processes to create systems of participation but they can also be implemented in other areas:
- In strategic reflection
- In the budgets of the institutions
- In culture (to specify the use of cultural resources, for example)
- In city/town planning (subsidiary rules, special plans, etc.)
- In sports
- In addressing the special needs of people (young people, the elderly, foreigners, etc.)
- In sustainable development (waste, etc.)
- In equality
- In the use of Basque
- In the processes to strengthen the civic character
- In mobility, etc.
Geared towards: The institutions in general, and city/town councils, in particular