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


Marina Lindell | Deliberative Walk – citizen participation in local-level planning processes

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

Blog: Vesa Koskimaa & Lauri Rapeli | Citizens trust in their capacity to self-govern, policymakers are more sceptical

Social media

RT @KyllonenSimo: Mielenkiinnolla odotan mikä kansalaisten mielestä on reilua. Juuri näitä erilaisia käsityksiä oikeudenmukaisista ilmastot…
RT @Smith1966G: Excited to see my new book, "Can Democracy Safeguard the Future?", is now available from @politybooks. Thanks to @romankrzn
RT @NicoleCurato: What is the role of academia in convening, designing, facilitating and assessing participatory processes? Check out @ECPR

In collaboration