(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Bringing power back in : collective and distributive forms of power in public participation

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KOCH P. (1) ;
(1) Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau, Dept. of Political Science, Univ., Zurich, SUISSE


This article analyses collective and distributive forms of power in public participation through the example of a urban development project in Basel, Switzerland. It demonstrates that resourceful and organisationally privileged actors have influenced the impact of citizen’s demands on public decision making in significant ways. It shows the production and implementation of collective power deriving from citizens depends on distributive power sources residing in governments and bureaucracies. It concludes that participatory arrangements that aim to direct state action have to conform to some extent to the rules and structures underlying ordinary policy-making


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 50, no14 [pp. 2976-2992]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 1 fig.



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