José Luis Fernández Martínez, Manuel Jiménez Sánchez y Patricia García Espín have presented their recent research on the Participatory Frustration at XII Congress of the Spanish Sociological Federation (FES), Gijón, 29-2 July. In their work, they focused on the causes and consequences of a very underresearched phenomenon related to the feeling of frustration and deception experimented by participants during the launch of participatory mechanisms such as advisory councils and participatory budgeting.
Article for InfoLibre by Joan Font, explaining the preliminary results of the Cherry-Picking Project.
Manuel Jiménez Sánchez presented the paper (co-authored by Patricia García Espín and José Luis Fernández Martínez) “Beyond the participatory process: Consequences in the interaction between civil society and local authorities” at the second International Conference on Public Policy that took place in Milan from Wednesday, July 1 to Saturday, July 4, 2015. For further details, here.
Carlos Rico Motos presented the paper “Expertise and participatory governance: the incorporation of technical knowledge in participatory processes” (couauthored with Joan Font, Graham Smith and Laurence Bherer) at the ECPR General Conference, held at the University of Montreal, Canada, from 26 – 29 august 2015. For further details: here.
Part of the current research of the Cherry-picking project was presented at the 23rd World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), held on 19-24 July in Montreal, Canadá. The title of the paper (coauthored by Carolina Galais, Pau Alarcón and Fabiola Mota) was: “The More Participated, the Better? Effects of Participation on Quality of Policies”.
Rowman & Littlefield International has published recently the book Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe. Causes, Characteristics and Consequences, edited by Joan Font, Donatella della Porta and Yves Sintomer.
Based on the findings of the MECPALO project (Spanish Research National Plan, 2010-12), the book examines a wide range of innovative institutional participatory processes across Spain, Italy and France. The authors use quantitative and qualitative methods to compare why these cases of participatory mechanisms have emerged, how they function, and what cultural impact they have achieved. This allows highly original insights into why participatory mechanisms work in some places, but not others, and the sorts of choices that organizers of participatory processes have to consider when creating such policies.
Pau Alarcón presented the paper “The Wheat from the Chaff: From Citizen Proposals to Local Policies” (coauthored with Joan Font, Graham Smith and Carolina Galais) at the II International Congress of Political Science “Sociedad Civil y Cultura Democrática”, held at the UAEM in Toluca, Mexico, from 11 to 13 September.