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    Participatory democracy at the crossroads

    • Eurotopia No. 5
    24 September 2008
    Paper

    ‘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.

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    Participation in Italy

    Anna Pizzo
    24 September 2008
    Article

    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.

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    Managing water through participative processes: the case of Catalonia

    Jordi Pacheco i Canals
    24 September 2008
    Article

    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.

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    Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps

    Tomás Rodríguez Villasante
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps.

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    Interview with Jeronimo Fernandez Cortes

    Eurotopia Team
    01 September 2008
    Article

    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. 

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

    aleksej
    01 September 2008
    Article
    ‘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.
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    Facing the problems, learning the lessons

    Hilary Wainwright
    01 September 2008
    Article

    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.

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    Participatory democracy in Europe

    Jax Jacobsen
    01 September 2008
    Article

    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.

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    Eurotopia: a network of progressive European magazines

    18 October 2005
    Article

    We have come together to produce Eurotopia out of a shared sense of urgency in the face of a crisis of democratic politics.

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    Telefónica: what’s at the other end of the line?

    Centro de Investigación sobre Drogas y Derechos Humanos (CIDDH), Gemma Galdon Clavell
    01 May 2005
    Article