The cuantitative part:
Since a fully representative frame of participatory processes does not exist and our goal is to ensure diversity, our initial sampling frame is a quite diverse collection of participatory processes developed from one local election (2007) to the next (2011) in three Spanish regions: Andalusia, Catalonia and Madrid. Therefore, our final unit of analysis will be the policy proposals that emerged from fourty participatory processes selected through a stratified sampling within the mentioned regions. Click on the map to see more details of the selected cases.
The cualitative part
For our study, we selected 3 consultative councils and 3 participatory budgeting experiences developed in 6 citys of Andalusia, Madrid and Catalonia. We are talking about intermediate citys, with post-industrial and urban profiles caracterised by a plural civil society. The processes should last more than a year and have deliberative spaces which made posible the interaction between authorities and civil society members. We put special attention on choosing ordinary processes, away from those more ejemplar and succesful experiences. The main goal was to analyze processes which showed the daily reality of local participative processes in Spain as well as posible. The fieldwork implied the performance of 52 interviews with public authorities, technical staff, external observants and civil society participants.