Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making

Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making (PALO) is a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on the problems related to long-term decision-making practices. The PALO consortium consists of four organisations: the University of Turku, the Natural Resource Institute Finland, Åbo Akademi University and the University of Tampere. The four-year (2017-2021) project is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.

The PALO project aims to strengthen democracy by developing better practices for deliberative citizen participation and public decision-making. By reforming policy-making processes, we can place more emphasis on long-term consequences and the needs of future generations.

Research themes

Short-termism in decision-making

Deliberative citizen participation

Future sensitive democracy


Seminar: Future Sensitivity of Democracy, 17 June 2019, Turku

Blog: Maija Setälä | Citizens’ Initiative Review amidst linguistic division and issue polarization

Conference: Co-Creation – Making Ecological Economics Matter 18-21 June 2019, Turku

Social media

RT @KolmonenPetteri: "Even in Finland, a country with a "high civic literacy" population, policymakers do not view deliberative mini-public…
RT @aboakademi: While citizens showed high levels of trust in their capacity to make decisions within deliberative groups, policymakers rem…
RT @DiscoverSoc: Latest research identifies a trust gap between professional policy-makers and the influence-seeking public who feel estran…

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