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Participation and institutional innovation: what to learn from Toscana experience?

Grant number: 15/18485-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - Political Behavior
Principal researcher:Carla Gandini Giani Martelli
Grantee:Carla Gandini Giani Martelli
Host: Donatella Della Porta
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Research place: Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Italy  


Based on the fact that we are currently witnessing a very consistent change in the participatory political patterns in occidental democracies that shows, on the one hand, an increasing disappointment process towards the traditional institutions of representative democracy and, on the other hand, the emergency and proliferation of new political participatory alternatives, the aim of this research is to contribute to the studies on these new modalities of political participation or political engagement that have been emerging on occidental contemporary democracies in the last three decades. More specifically, this research has the following objectives: a) to increase the investigations about participatory democracy innovations using the example of Toscana region in Italy; b) to increase the debate between culturalism and neoinstitutionalism perspectives using the example of the 69/2007 Law (and the 46/2013 and 28/2015 Laws) that laid down social participation in Toscana region; c) to increase the debate about democracy quality elaborating a participatory typology that allows a comparison between Italian and Brazilian popular participatory experiences in the last decades. This is a qualitative research and will be developed in two parts: bibliography research about the topics of interest, and empirical research including documental research, interviews, questionnaires application and participant observation in Toscana region. (AU)