Public Participation in Cultural Issues: The Perspective of Decision-Makers - The Case of Ashdod

Public Participation in Cultural Issues: The Perspective of Decision-Makers - The Case of Ashdod

Abstract:

This study examines the perspectives of decision-makers in the city of Ashdod concerning public participation in cultural issues, against the background of various active models of participatory democracy in Israel and overseas. Activating a model of participatory democracy significantly enhances the involvement of citizens in the democratic process, to their own advantage. It is important to create a mechanism that will enable citizens to realize their needs and desires by applying their capacity to influence or take part in decision-making processes.

The choice of Ashdod, the fifth largest city in Israel, is not arbitrary in light of the numerous waves of migration which form its residential fabric and generate contrasting cultural needs.

Last updated on 07/29/2015

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