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Democratizing democracy

Representative democracy is nowadays the most spread and legitimated political system in the world. In the last decades a wide consensus was created about representative democracy (free elections, universal suffrage, freedom of thought, etc.) as the best and most perfect form of government, this ideological vision becoming an almost absolute and unquestionable value. This thematic area includes the study of alternative forms of democracy, in which voting is neither the beginning nor the final goal of democracy: participative, deliberative and communitarian forms enacted both at local and national levels that directly interpellate representative democracy. The aim of the thematic area is to reveal the democratic diversity of the world, and explore the potential of these participative and deliberative experiences in the creation of new and more demanding forms of political articulation and decision.

Below, some contributions to expand the discussion.

Projects

Is Big Data Shaping Democracy? A Critical Perspective.Rationalities of Alternative Democratic Relations: Proveniences from Bolivian Indigenous DemocraciesExtreme Events, Catastrophes and The Racialisation of The Exploited: The Real Nature of The StateGandhian Democratisation: An Account Against Political ColonisationBeyond The Polls: Political Languages and Practices ff The 15m Movement

Other contributions

Call for Papers – ALICE International Colloquium

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos – Aula de Inquietação

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“Disquiet Questions of Our Times” (Aula de Inquietação), lecture with Boaventura de Sousa Santos, October 30th 2012, Campus Darcy Ribeiro Arena Theater, Brasília.

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The (Im)Possible Places of Citizenship: State and Risk in a Globalized World

Book Published by José Manuel Mendes and Pedro Araújo titled: The (Im)Possible Places of Citizenship: State and Risk in a Globalized World. Continue...

Happened in Iceland

Can the democratization processes and citizenship demonstrations face economic, financial and social crisis? The reaction of people in Iceland shows that there are another ways to deal with debt problems far beyond cuts, impoverishment and all kinds of austerity measures.

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Cristiano Gianolla Presentation at SISP Conference 2012

Cristiano Gianolla Presented a Paper in the SISP Conference @ Università Roma Tre - Roma (Italy) - September 13, 2012 – September 15, 2012 Hereafter the Prezi presentation in Italian. Continue...

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