Defining and typologising democratic innovations

Stephen Elstub, Oliver Escobar

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter is based on a scoping review, which finds that there is little agreement about what should be classified as ‘democratic innovations’ and a general lack of clarity and precision in the use of the term, which is causing concept stretching and hindering understanding and analysis. This is in part due to the limitations of the existing definitions and typologies. To overcome this, a morphological analysis is conducted to develop a set of ineliminable, quasi-contingent, and contextual features of democratic innovations. It is argued that democratic innovations can be seen as ‘families’ of conceptual clusters that include spaces and processes that have certain resemblance but, also differences determined by context. We argue that the new definition and typology that we offer enables a degree of consistency to be achieved in the development, understanding and analysis of ‘democratic innovations’ independent of specific contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
EditorsStephen Elstub, Oliver Escobar
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781786433862
ISBN (Print)9781786433855
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • democratic innovations
  • morphological analysis
  • Wittgensteinian families
  • typology
  • definition
  • participation
  • deliberation
  • democracy


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