Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe Causes, Characteristics and Consequences

Edited by Font, della Porta, and Sintomer | Pages 262 | Size 9.00 x 6.00
Using a highly original multi-method approach, this book examines a wide range of innovative institutional participatory processes across Spain, Italy and France.
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.
Table of content:
Introduction, Joan Font, Donatella della Porta and Yves Sintomer /
The National and Regional Contexts of Participatory Experiences, Yves Sintomer and Eloísa 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 Alarcón /
Citizens and Participation, Joan Font, Carolina Galais, Magdalena Wojcieszak and Pau Alarcón /
The Cultural Consequences of Engagement in Democratic Processes, María Jesús Funes, Julien Talpin and Mathias Rull /
Conclusion, Joan Font, Donatella della Porta and Yves Sintomer /


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