Public Hearings (CABA)
Public Hearings are participatory tools that offer the public the possibility of learning about a public policy before its implementation, as well as the different positions of the stakeholders regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the subject in question. A public hearing is a space that allows neighbors access to detailed information, favoring transparent management and monitoring over the work of public authorities. The regulations of the City of Buenos Aires recognize three types of Hearings: Thematic, Citizenship Requisition and Designations, and Agreements. In turn, the former are divided according to those who convene them; thus, allowing the possibility of being summoned by the Executive Power, the Legislature or the Communes.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields no decision