Eurotopia

Participatory democracy at the crossroads

TNI
Eurotopia No. 5
September 2008

‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions. This issue of Eurotopia explores different models of participatory democracy in Europe.

Participation in Italy

Anna Pizzo
September 2008

Anna Pizzo is a director of Carta (a partner in Eurotopia), and has been a councillor for three years in the Lazio region. Inspired by the experience of Porto Alegre, she has been working on ‘the borderline’ between the movements and the political institutions, in order to open up the Lazio regional council to the demands and pressures of the movements.

Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps

Tomás Rodríguez Villasante
September 2008

Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps.

Managing water through participative processes: the case of Catalonia

Jordi Pacheco i Canals
September 2008

Carlos, who is 13 years od, has left his house to go fishing. Not far away, there is a reservoir where he spends long hours watching the birds nest while he waits to catch a fish or two.

Interview with Jeronimo Fernandez Cortes

Eurotopia Team
September 2008

Jeronimo Fernandez Cortes, 43, is a member of the Federación de Asociaciones Gitanas Calí (Federation of Gypsy Calí Associations), an organisation that is a participant in the Albacete Participation Forum. 

If participative democracy is the answer, what is the question?

September 2008
‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions, argues Joan Subirats.

Facing the problems, learning the lessons

September 2008

Everywhere – from Brazil to Britain, from Barcelona to Berlin – the reality behind the language of ‘participation’ is contested, complex and contradictory. To encourage and support participatory democracy, a political party has to lead processes of experimentation, critical reflection and challenge, through which people are able to educate themselves to become subjects and therefore knowing actors.

Participatory democracy in Europe

Jax Jacobsen
September 2008

Since 2002, the number of municipalities across Europe which have taken up participatory budgeting in some form has grown from just a handful to well over 150. Yet the nature – and success – of the schemes varies widely.

Privatisation in Europe

TNI
Paolo Andruccioli
May 2007
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