Citizen Dialogue on Constitutional Amendments
The Citizen Dialogue on Constitutional Amendments was a set of citizen assemblies made by the federal legislative power in conjunction with the National Secretariat of Public Management of Ecuador, to discuss and report on the constitutional amendments under evaluation in Congress. The Citizen Dialogue covered 67% of the territory of Ecuador. As an example, in Lomas de Sargentillo, a canton in the province of Guayas, this dynamic grouped the citizens to discuss and analyze each of the 16 proposals around 11 topics of national interest. It has also been carried out in other cantons in the provinces of Loja, Tulcán, Pichincha and Manabí, becoming a space for citizen interaction where the arguments and criteria on the Constitutional Amendment constitute the essential tool for discussing the proposal.
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?
- not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields no decision