University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) - Research portal

Logo BOKU Resarch Portal

Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Lydia Rebecca Fischkandl (2022): Die Bedeutung von sozialem Lernen in deliberativen Formaten am Beispiel des Bürgerrates „Klima-Zukunft Vorarlberg“ (Österreich).
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 100. UB BOKU obvsg FullText

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
Abstract:
Due to the complexity of the issue, the climate crisis is considered a so-called "wicked problem" (Rittel and Webber 1973; Perry 2015), because its treatment and management relies on new approaches. One such approach is the citizens' assembly process. This is understood as a deliberative format, which is increasingly being discussed and explored as a complement to established democratic processes. In Austria, the instrument of a citizens' assembly is just anchored in law in Vorarlberg. There it offers citizens the opportunity to discuss complex problems in a moderated manner and to make recommendations to political decision-makers. In this study, the citizens' assembly "Klima-Zukunft Vorarlberg", which took place in the summer of 2021, is analyzed. For this research, qualitative interviews were conducted with the participants and quantitative data was collected using questionnaires. The perceptions of the participants regarding the composition and implementation of the council were considered as well as the effects on them in terms of "social learning", "empowerment", "accountability" and "commitment". The qualitative content of the interviews was analyzed based on the evaluation of Kuchartz(2018) under the assumption that the Citizens' Assembly is a sustainability transformation experiment. The subsequent evaluation is based on the evaluation scheme of Luederitz et al. (2017). A lot of potential for improvement was identified, particularly with regard to the selection process for citizens’ council participants. On the other hand, almost all participants perceived positive effects in terms of "social learning", "empowerment", "engagement" and "accountability". They have mostly succeeded in gaining understanding for other points of view and in developing sensitivity for the complexity of problems and decision-making processes. The results show that the concepts applied were appropriate to study the impact of citizen councils on its participants.

Beurteilende*r: Gugerell Katharina

© BOKU Wien Imprint