Participatory Governance

  • Rocco PalumboEmail author
Living reference work entry



“Participatory governance” widely refers to the democratic mechanisms which are intended to involve citizens in public policy-making processes. In other words, participatory governance is aimed at establishing a bridge between public institutions and ordinary people, in an attempt to increase the effectiveness and responsiveness of public policy-making activities. Either an interest-based, integrative, or functional logic may inspire participatory governance initiatives. Apart from the inner logic at the basis of these initiatives, the attempt to give a deliberative power to people distinguishes participatory governance.


At the beginning of the third millennium, a gradual shift from democratic government to participatory governance has been figured out by the scientific literature (Gbikpi and Grote 2002...


Public Institution Ordinary People Political Arena Democratic Governance Public Sector Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management & Innovation SystemsUniversity of SalernoFiscianoItaly