The economic and financial crises have contributed to the deterioration of the state/citizen relationship in many Western countries. In this context, new movements and instruments for citizen participation have sprung up and are being tested. In the transformation countries in the Middle East the call for 'good governance' goes along with demands for democracy and human rights. Crucial questions in this context are: How can basic elements of good governance be defined? What is the role of civil society and citizens’ initiatives? Should and can the 'West' support civil society in the transformation countries? How can the instruments for enhancing participation and transparency of politics be shared among citizens’ initiatives in North Africa and Europe?
Anis Somai, R'NAC - Réseau National de Lutte contre la Corruption (Tunisia)
Interner Link: Tobias Theiler, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Introduction & Moderation:
Mateusz Fałkowski, Collegium Civitas (Poland)
Interner Link: Rinze Broekema, ProDemos (the Netherlands)