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Participatory democracy and citizenship trajectories: citizens militants and bureaucrats

Grant number: 14/50752-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2016 - February 28, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science
Cooperation agreement: G3 (Montréal, Bruxelles, Genève)
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Wagner de Melo Romão
Grantee:Wagner de Melo Romão
Principal investigator abroad: Marco Giugni
Institution abroad: Université de Genève, Switzerland
Principal investigator abroad: Frederic Louault
Institution abroad: Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
Principal investigator abroad: Françoise Montambeault
Institution abroad: Université de Montréal, Canada
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/20679-0 - Management and political status of institutional participation: census of the experiences of participatory budgeting in Brazil (1989-2014) and exploratory research on participatory democracy at municipal level (2013-2016), AP.R


This research program has two intertwined objectives_ First, it contributes to the current debates in the literature on participatory democracy by developing a theoretical proposition to better understand the how these innovations interact with individual conceptions and practices of democratic citizenship (engagement, individual learning processes, collective action, restructuration of the political community). Starting from a relational understanding of the construction of democratic citizenship, we however a processual approach to evaluate the effect of collective participation in institutionalized mechanisms such as Participatory Budgeting on individuals. Through the study of individuals' trajectories, the project therefore proposes to bring together scholars with different yet complementary theoretical backgrounds in order to develop a new and comprehensive theoretical approach for the study of participation outputs in Brazil, and elsewhere. Second, the project aims at empirically exploring the theoretical propositions, from comparative perspective. We thus propose to conduct a pilot study in three municipalities of the State of Sao Paulo (Brazil), in order to test our working hypotheses, methods of research, and develop the bases of a larger comparison (with multiple Latin American cases of PB). The municipalities selected for the preliminary empirical study are all located at the periphery of the state's capital: Guarulhos, Sao Bernardo and Diadema. (AU)