“Our democracy urgently needs to be reinvented to thrive in this era. Big changes have to be made in the functioning of our representative institutions, and in the parties who compete for power through these. But these will not be enough. Citizens have to be involved. Our democracies must be reinvented from the ground up. Nanz and Leggewie have worked out an important proposal for doing just this, giving ordinary citizens a chance to define the issues. This clearly needs to be more widely known, and tried.”– Charles Taylor, philosopher and political theorist
|Introduction to the English Edition
|The consultative as a fourth branch of government – process, mode, institution
|Post-democracy? Experiment with democracy!
|Process – the best and worst of participatory democracy
|The political mode - On the spirit of cooperation
|Institution – Future councils as arenas of generational politics
|Political participation in virtual spaces
|Future councils: a pathway to transnational democracy?