Essay on Citizen`s Engagement in Democratics

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In the case of the UNFCCC negotiations, there is not efficiency because no agreement has been reached. Legitimacy could be achieved through democracy or efficiency, or through a trade-off between these two aspects. The citizen’s engagement is a desirable value in a democratic system but it could also be a strong point for efficient policy decisions. In the case of the UNFCCC negotiations citizens’ participation is possible thanks to the NGOs action . As written by Anne-Mette Kjær , democracy refers to “input-oriented” legitimacy, while efficiency is linked to” output-oriented” legitimacy because it comes from efficient results of policies. Taking into consideration the four model of postliberal democracy described by Eva Sorensen and Jacob Torfing , it emerges that the relationship between efficiency and democracy is more complex.
The first model is competitive democracy, in this perspective democracy should regulate the struggles for powers, through the action of the state and by giving the citizen the opportunity to participate to policy process. The associations have a great role because they should contribute to coordinate different interests and powers. Using this normative conception, the UNFCCC negotiation does not appear democratic or efficient because, instead of a coordinated action, the environmental organizations have a disruptive behaviour . On the other side, the governments do not promote dialogue with NGOs organizations and tend to close the process to…