The Handbook of Democratic Encounters

Democracy must be continuously defended, strengthened, and renewed. This handbook is for people who wish to strengthen democracy through their actions or work.

It focuses on democratic encounters – the moments and situations when democratic values are made concrete in the various spheres of daily life and society.

The handbook draws on the material originated in the Democracy Defence Dialogues held in spring 2022. The material outlined a key field of social action in which the majority of people living in Finland encounter the democratic state, namely the extensive public services of our society.

This handbook is primarily aimed at professionals working in public services. The democratic nature of the encounters that arise in their work, supports the achievement of the in-tended impact of services. The perception of one’s own work as
something that enhances people’s democratic experience of society can also give meaning to the professionals.

The Handbook of Democratic Encounters