One of the ongoing changes in contemporary societies concerns the commitment of public institutions to redefine their role and their way of operating.

In recent years, this process has increasingly taken the shape of a "technocratic governance" or of a "democratic governance", which consists of putting citizens at the center of attention and establishing with them a relationship based on dialogue, collaboration and partnership, to define and implement public policies.

Experiences on "participatory democracy" and participatory planning, but also civic initiatives to evaluate public policies and the quality of services are the main aspects of this matter.

It also encompasses the complex relationships between organized citizens and public institutions and related issues such as "circular” subsidiarity and the definition and verification of the criteria for representing civic organizations.

FONDACA main relevant areas of work:

  • Consultation and public planning
  • Implementation and development of “circular subsidiarity”
  • Relations between citizens and public administrations