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Mer demokratiska medborgardialoger?: En studie av möjligheter och utmaningar med digitala samråd
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During recent years there has been an increased demand for public deliberation in planning processes in Sweden. This is due to ideals of communicative planning. In reality the citizen participation is low and new methods for dialogue are requested. The aim of this study is to examine possibilities and challenges with digital public deliberations, from a democratic point of view. More specifically this meant defining the work with civil dialogue today, conditions for digital dialogue and requirements for a tool for digital dialogue. In addition possible effects on the democratic aspects of civil dialogue were identified. This was done by a literature study in combination with six interviews with persons working with civil dialogue. The empirical data were compiled through a thematic analysis. Possibilities and challenges with digital civil dialogue were found in general tendencies in the society as well as in details with the work today. Overall the conclusion is that there are favorable circumstances for digital dialogues as a complement to the traditional methods. It may lead to more democratic dialogues through increased accessibility and accordingly representativeness. On the other hand it may hold a risk for digital exclusion and there are qualities with face-to-face meetings that are considered difficult to replace with digital methods. However these challenges could diminish in the years to come, in step with the digitalization of the society.

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2016. , 53 p.
Keyword [sv]
demokrati, digitalisering, medborgardeltagande, medborgardialog, samråd, tillgänglighet
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121993OAI: diva2:936140
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Examensarbete i Geografi, för kandidatexamen
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Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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