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Democracy and participation

Citizenship, participation, and equality are central goals in the policies regarding disabled people. Democratic institutions presuppose the participation of various social groups, including disabled people.

Researchers at HINN have studied whether disabled people participate as representatives elected by popular vote, how they experience participation, and how the political parties arrange the recruitment of this group.

Studies of local politics show that disabled people are represented to a lesser degree than the rest of the population. Disabled people who are political representatives experience to an increasing degree becoming representatives for their group after they have participated in politics for some time. The political parties have only to a limited degree strategies for recruiting representatives from the population of disabled people.