Assessing the Democratic Qualities of Programmes and Projects: A Case from Finnish Urban Policy

Kanerva kuokkanen


A central element in networked forms of governance is the use of projects and related policy instruments and forms of action. However, the relation between “projectification” and democracy has so far been researched only to a limited extent. This article is based on the analysis of a specific participatory project, in which the aim was to test and model different forms of citizen participation. The broader policy programme which the project belonged to is also scrutinised. According to this study, the programme level was based on traditional forms of steering, whereas projects allow flexibility and new forms of participation and deliberation. However, enhanced possibilities for participation do not necessarily increase the influence of involved actors as the relationship between the projects and the permanent municipal administration remains weak.

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Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413