Forum Debaty Publicznej

  • Ryszard Kozioł


A crisis of contemporary democracy, long proclaimed by political analysts, and the growing discontent with its practice have given a stimulus for various remedial actions. One of these actions is the idea of deliberative democracy. Deliberative democracy is not only a multi-facet theoretical project (outlined briefly in the present article) but also a practice of promoting community participation and of introducing various, even non-standard, methods of participation. Such was the idea behind a presidential initiative in 2010 for setting up a platform for public discussion, Forum for Public Debate. The aims and objectives of the platform, its focus, underlying principles, as well as procedures in place and the results of what has been undertaken within its framework – they all show that the initiative is a clear manifestation of what is called deliberative democracy.