Construir una democracia real frente al poder empresarial y financiero exige repleanter el poder y la agencia, y explorar los enfoques cretivos, experimentales, emancipadores y de intercambio de conocimientos de los movimientos sociales.
En la era de la globalización, la eliminación gradual de la toma de decisiones de las cámaras democráticas por parte de las élites de la Unión Europea sirve de plan de acción para la gobernanza postdemocrática en todo el mundo. Las personas progresistas deben ser ambiciosas y empezar a proponer ideas para un Gobierno mundial democrático como alternativa viable.
In the era of globalisation, the steady removal of decision-making from democratic chambers by EU elites is serving as a blueprint for post-democratic governance around the world. Progressives must be ambitious and start putting forward ideas for a democratic world government as a viable alternative.
Building a real democracy in the face of corporate and financial power will require a rethinking of power and agency, unleashing the creative, experimental, knowledge-sharing and emancipatory approaches of social movements.
The massive concentration and growth of corporate power poses a major threat to what remains of public services, highlighting the ever-deepening crisis of democracy, and the urgent need for people to reclaim the state.
The future of our public services will be as central to the next election as the future of the economy. The experience of Newcastle City Council shows that most political party leaders are wrong when they believe the solution lies in further competition and outsourcing.
En abril de 1979 nacieron los ayuntamientos democráticos en España y su trabajo en la mejora de las ciudades y pueblos ha sido crucial, pero ahora afrontan muchas tareas nuevas sin los correspondientes recursos.
‘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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Bolivia's proposed new constitution is an innovative and progressive document constructed out of the struggles by social movements in recent years, however securing national consensus will be an uphill struggle. An in-depth analysis of Bolivia's constitutional process.
Con la derrota del referéndum sobre la reforma propuesta por Chávez y por la Asamblea Nacional a la Constitución del año 1999, se inicia una encrucijada crítica para el futuro del proceso de cambio que ha venido ocurriendo en el país durante los últimos nueve años.