Open Town Hall
The Open Town Councils are assemblies for direct consultation with the population, convened by local or district governments to discuss specific topics. They are essentially consultative and their decisions are not binding. In general, they are called to discuss specific issues or problems. Although they are considered in national legislation, they must be regulated by each municipality in order to be convened and implemented.
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