Democratic innovation in the world: here are the numbers

By Foulques RENARD - French version and updates available here : Democratic innovation in the world has increased sharply for several years. OECD studies have made it possible to measure this democratic innovation, with the creation of a database of examples of representative deliberative systems. The purpose of this article is to offer complementary visualizations to those proposed by OECD experts on democratic innovation in the world. The OECD visualizations can be found in the report on representative deliberative processes of June 2020, updated in November 2021. Likewise, the graphs below have been constructed from the database of examples of the OECD. These new graphics have several advantages. They first go further in the analysis, each time trying to cross-reference several variables from the database: for example, we can cross-reference the number of devices per year, and by country or by type of deliberative model. These graphs are also interactive, which gives a more precise idea of the figures extracted from the OECD data by hovering with the mouse. They also allow, in many cases, to select only part of the data: by clicking on legend items, the data is filtered according to the selected criteria; by selecting an area of the graph, the graph zooms in on the area considered; ... The tools used to generate its graphs are based on the python language and on the plotly package.

The different analyzes of the annual evolution of democratic innovation in the world

To begin with, I propose several variations of the annual evolution of democratic innovation in the world. These various graphs thus show the annual evolution of the number of these devices from the angle of the type of model, the country of origin, the level of government, the subject dealt with, the format of communication between participants and the method of selecting participants.

We could continue to decline these types of charts in different ways in the future. Do not hesitate to contact me if certain specific analyzes interest you.

How has the number of devices evolved from the perspective of the model (1979-2021)?

This first graph shows an evolution of the number of devices identified by the OECD between 1979 and 2021 from the perspective of the model. These models repeat the categorization into 12 deliberative models implemented by the OECD in June 2020. In this graph, we can for example observe that the model of the citizens' jury has gradually established itself as a flagship model of deliberation.

As a reminder, this model brings together between 30 and 50 citizens over a period of a few weeks. The reflection is made up of three phases (learning, deliberation, restitution) and takes up the general organization of the Citizens' Assembly. This latter model has also developed strongly in recent years with 4 projects in 2019, 9 in 2020 and 11 in 2021. The planning units, which were very developed in the 2010s, seem to have been absorbed, on the other hand.