The Assembly of Citizens is an institution of deliberative participation at the municipal level. Its formalization was articulated in chapter II of the Organic Law of Municipal Public Power from 2010. According to this legislation, its decisions are binding for the municipal council as long as they are established in accordance with the law. Citizens can participate in the assembly. Its objective is to contribute to the strengthening of governance, with a focus on planning, and decentralization of services and resources. Its mandates depend on legislation as well as on the aims and interests of the community and state.
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 a binding decision