Citizen Participation

The Ash Center’s Program on Democratic Governance strives to foster innovation in participatory democracy, through initiatives such as Participedia and the Gettysburg Project. The Center’s work explores new models of participation, such as participatory budgeting, democratizing government through open and accessible data, and recent developments in deliberative and direct democracy.

The Challenges to Democracy series explores the practical limits of participation, focusing on challenges which can separate citizens from their government and limit access to the democratic process.