Schools of Democracy: How ordinary citizens (sometimes) become competent in participatory budgeting institutions

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dc.contributor.author TALPIN, Julien
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-09T14:24:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-09T14:24:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Colchester, ECPR Press, 2011, ECPR monographs en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/21060
dc.description (Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 2007.) en
dc.description.abstract Schools of Democracy offers a vivid analysis of the long-term impact of engagement in participatory budgeting institutions in Europe. While democratic innovations flourish around the world, there have been great hopes for their potential to revitalize representative government and solve the increasing apathy of the public. Based on a rich ethnographic study in France, Italy and Spain, this book shows how participatory institutions can encourage personal involvement, by creating the procedural and social conditions conducive to the formation of a competent and involved citizenry. Rather than deliberation itself, it seems that informal discussions and interactions between a diverse public allow mutual learning and the beginning of a political trajectory for people at the margins of the public sphere. However, this book also shows that citizens can become disappointed by the little decision-making power they are granted, as they leave the process often more cynical than before. en
dc.description.tableofcontents List of Figures and Tables vi List of Abbreviations vii Acknowledgements ix Introduction xi Chapter One: Entering the Black Box of Civic Competence: A Pragmatist Perspective on Self-change 1 Chapter Two: Power to the People? Three Participatory Budget Experiences in Europe 31 Chapter Three: The Meanings of Public Engagement: How the Emergence of the Participatory Grammar Reframes the Role of Good Citizen 67 Chapter Four: Participatory Democracy and its Public 99 Chapter Five: Much Ado About Nothing? Why and how Public Deliberation Hardly Change People 133 Chapter Six: Becoming a Good Citizen by Participating 159 Conclusion 191 Appendix: Towards a Comparative Ethnographic Method 197 Bibliography 201 Index 221 en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ECPR Press en
dc.title Schools of Democracy: How ordinary citizens (sometimes) become competent in participatory budgeting institutions en
dc.type Book
dc.identifier.doi 9781907301186


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