Transformation of Citizenship? Direct Participation within Urban Planning Projects
In my paper I will discuss the initial results from an ongoing research project which focuses on the expectations of citizens who are involved in these forms of participation. In this process the differing yet typical citizen understandings and perceptions of democratic decision-making will be applied. The reconstruction of these concepts of citizenship is interview-based. By comparing projects in Germany and Switzerland it will be possible to find out how the influence of institutional requirements can be weighted when attempting to answer the question according to specific normative patterns. Their comparison will facilitate the reconstruction of differences in the traditional interpretations of democracy and freedom in the context of the growth in importance of cities, their rapid development and the search for new patterns of adequate problem-solving.