The Popular Tribune of Recife is a mechanism for citizen participation provided for by the Municipal Organic Law of the city of Recife, promulgated in 1990. This law provides that within the scope of the local legislative body, the Municipal Chamber, the opportunity should be given to citizens to attend to the meetings of the Chamber. However, this institution was never regulated or created outside the text of the law.
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