• Empiric Measure of Potential, Effects and Boundaries of Deliberative Processes Using the Example of an On- and Offline Public Participation Case Study on the Energy Transition in Germany

  • Doctoral student:Oliver Scheel
  • Doctoral advisor:Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ortwin Renn
  • Start date:August 2012

Abstract

In order to estimate the potential and limits of deliberative participation a structured overview over the multiple formats of public participation is the first step to do. Then participation has to be observed under scientific conditions within a case study. As the gained knowledge on the effects of participation should be as general as possible, a case study with as much different participation formats as possible is to be chosen. All parts of such a participation have to be evaluated – not only concentrating on the actual participant, but on affected stake-holder groups as well.

This dissertation uses the BEKO-Participation as empirical case study. This project addresses a wide field of topics: It ranges from the realization of the German Energy Transition to the coping with the climate-change by a set of governmental measurements. The participation about these measurements uses diverse methods that range from discussion tables with citizens and stake-holders to offering an online-based evaluation and commendation tool. The whole participation process is accompanied by written questionnaires to gather quantitative date and several series of interviews for qualitative data. These measurements focus beyond the participating citizens also on politicians and administration officials whose work is entangled by the BEKO-results. In order to capture the variation in time of the effects a pre- and post-evaluation is done.

The effects found within the evaluation study will be abstracted and then integrated to a guideline for conceptual design of future public participation.