Demokratisk borgerinddragelse i Klimatilpasning Kokkedal: Democratic involvement of citizens in Klimatilpasning Kokkedal

Ronnie Schiellerup Christiansen, Aske Lium, Anders Haugaard Jørgensen & Anne-Marie Dynes Møller

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

Democratic involvement of citizens in Klimatilpasning Kokkedal Abstract Democratic involvement of citizens is examined on the basis of Klimatilpasning Kokkedal. The climate project was started in 2011 as a result of flooding caused by cloudbursts in 2007 and 2010. In this project it is questioned to which extent the citizens in Kokkedal has had influence on the climate project and which added social value the involvement of citizens is able to create in a local community. To answer this it will be sought to account for what defines Kokkedal as a town and what the climate adaption implies along with which visions and considerations has been made in the city planning. The conditions that Fredensborg municipality has had, regarding involvement of citizens in Kokkedal and which consequences the involvement has had for the development of the community, will be analysed. Also, it will be discussed whether involvement of citizens is possible in modern urban renewal and climate adaption. This will be sought answered with, Robert Putnam’s theory regarding social capital, John Andersen’s theory regarding empowerment and power structures, empirical data in the form of interviews with the leader of and an employee on the project, and material from the involvement of citizens process and documents from Klimatilpasning Kokkedal. It can be concluded that a tendency, explained as New Public Management, has shown that residents should be seen as users of society’s offers, rather than citizens in a society. The involvement of citizens can help in interacting between technical possibilities and local terms. This means that the municipality, citizens and resident associations, together need to develop the town and create new social solutions in climate adaption. Prior to this, there has to be a strong network between the residents. Kokkedal however lacks this. To define, the extent of the involvement of citizens in Kokkedal is not entirely possible but the municipality can use involvement of citizens to set the foundation to gather the town. However, it is not guaranteed that the citizens will take the initiative to do so. The municipality does pass on information about the project through associations, but these are not necessarily visible enough to the public. Experience from this project can be brought on to other projects alike that uses involvement of citizens as a resource.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Social Science, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
LanguageDanish
Publication date18 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Borgerinddragelse
  • Social kapital
  • Klimatilpasning
  • Empowerment