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From Latin participated, participation is the action and effect of participating (take or receive part of something, share, news). The term can be used to name the ability of citizens to be involved in the political decisions of a country or region.

In this sense, we can talk about the citizen participation through elections, referendums or plebiscites. The most common method of participation is the suffrage each a certain amount of time to choose the representatives of the people. This is known as representative democracy (people choose the members of the Executive power and of Legislative power ).

Beyond the electoral participation , citizen participation in politics It can be achieved through other mechanisms, such as action in non-governmental organizations or public demonstrations. For example: “We need the participation of people to block this authoritarian government project”, "The plebiscite had a massive participation of the city".

Participation is also the part that a person or a group owns in the capital of a deal : "The Russian tycoon has just acquired a minority stake in the telecommunications group", “Telefónica decided to sell its stake in the Italian operator due to the increase in its liabilities”, “A young Englishman invested his savings in the purchase of a stake in his love club”.

Within that commercial area, it should be stressed the existence of what is known as a joint account, which means that some merchants worry about the operations of others without having established any formal contract between them.

In the same way, we would have to refer to, for example, called preferred shares. These are characterized by being an asset that has a high financial risk, which means that thanks to them, numerous benefits can be achieved but also that everything invested is lost.

In recent years, these participations have become protagonists of the financial news of Spain and it is that various banking institutions in the country have not hesitated to sell those to their clients without conveniently explaining what risk they entailed and that what they were signing was almost a loss Sure of your assets.

For this reason, they have filed complaints against the banks and savings banks that have made this scam and many of these lawsuits are still awaiting trial before the relevant authority. However, in other places the financial institutions have returned all the money to the customers who opted for preferred shares.

Participation is, on the other hand, a notice or part given to someone : “Did you know that Claudia gets married? Yesterday I got the participation ”, "Don't worry, I'm going to send you a share".

However, we must not forget that the part played of a lottery number is also known by the name of participation. Thus, for example, in many cases there are tickets and then there are participations, which cost less than tickets and are a part of those. Hence, if you play the prize whoever has a full ticket will get a greater amount than the one who had a participation.

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