The Referendum of Buenos Aires (CABA) is a tool that allows the Legislative Power, the Executive Power or the Community Boards, to require the opinion of the citizens about decisions with regards to their areas of competence. The electorate attends to vote for yes or no, but the vote is not mandatory and the result is not binding. The opinion of the voters is considered as either positive or negative based on the number of votes.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision