Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences

Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences

By: Donatella Della Porta (editor), Joan Font (editor), Yves Sintomer (editor)Paperback

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Citizen participation is a central component of democratic governance. As participatory schemes have grown in number and gained in social legitimacy over recent years, the research community has analyzed the virtues of participatory policies from several points of view, but usually giving focus to the most successful and well-known grass-roots cases. This book examines a wider range of participatory interventions that have been created or legitimized by central governments, providing original exploration of institutional democratic participatory mechanisms. Looking at a huge variety of subnational examples across Italy, Spain and France, the book interrogates the rich findings of a substantial research project. The authors use quantitative and qualitative methods to compare why these cases of participatory mechanisms have emerged, how they function, and what cultural impact they've achieved. This allows highly original insights into why participatory mechanisms work in some places, but not others, and the sorts of choices that organizers of participatory processes have to consider when creating such policies.

About Author

Joan Font is Senior Researcher at the IESA/CSIC working on citizen participation in public policies. He has been a senior lecturer at the Political Science department of UAB (Barcelona) and research director at CIS (Madrid). He has published in many journals including European Journal of Political Research, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Public Administration, Third World politics Regional & Federal Studies or South European Society and politics. Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute. Her recent publications include: Meeting Democracy (CUP, 2013); Clandestine Political Violence (CUP, 2013), Can Democracy be Saved (Polity, 2013), Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (OUP, 2012); Social Movements and Europeanization (OUP, 2009; (ed.) Another Europe (Routledge, 2009); and (ed.) Democracy in Social Movements (Palgrave, 2009). Yves Sintomer is Professor of Political Science at Paris 8 University, Senior Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France, and Associate Researcher at Neuchatel University and Marc Bloch Centre (Humboldt University Berlin/CNRS). He has studied and taught in Harvard, Frankfurt/Main, Complutense-Madrid, Lausanne (Switzerland), UCL (Belgian), Universidad del Pais Vasco, Catania (Italy). He has been Deputy Director of the Marc Bloch Center (Berlin). His recent publications include Petite histoire de l'experimentation democratique. Tirage au sort et politique d'Athenes a nos jours. (La Decouverte, 2011). The book has 10 additional contributors, affiliated with diverse Southern European universities and research institutions.


Introduction, Joan Font, Donatella della Porta and Yves Sintomer / The National and Regional Contexts of Participatory Experiences, Yves Sintomer and Eloisa del Pino / The Causes of Local Participation, Joan Font, Dolores Sesma and Paloma Fontcuberta / Institutional Participatory Initiatives and Democratic Qualities, Donatella della Porta, Herbert Reiter and Pau Alarcon / Citizens and Participation, Joan Font, Carolina Galais, Magdalena Wojcieszak and Pau Alarcon / The Cultural Consequences of Engagement in Democratic Processes, Maria Jesus Funes, Julien Talpin and Mathias Rull / Conclusion, Joan Font, Donatella della Porta and Yves Sintomer / Appendix 1. Experience Databases: research protocols / Appendix 2. Municipalities and the Initiation of Participatory Processes: two databases / Appendix 3. Contextual Case Studies: research protocol and case selection / Appendix 4. Case Studies about Cultural Effects: data collection protocol / Appendix 5: Surveys used in the book / Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9781783480746
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 262
  • ID: 9781783480746
  • weight: 381
  • ISBN10: 1783480742

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