Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Public Administration
This paper examines whether programs that adopt the principles of deliberative democracy can evoke feelings of empowerment among participants. Interviews with residents of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) were conducted to determine whether tenants who participate in the Tenant Participation System, specifically the participatory budgeting program, become empowered. The findings reveal that deliberative democracy is consistent with high levels of empowerment and tenants felt that empowerment was derived from a decision-making process that they were able to control.
Tamene, Sewit, "Deliberative Democracy and Empowerment: An Analysis of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s Tenant Participation System" (2011). MPA Major Research Papers. 102.