Category Archives: Dissemination activities

XII Congress FES – Spanish Sociological Federation

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.


II International Conference on Public Policy in Milan.


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.

23rd World Congress of Political Science (IPSA, Canada)


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”.

New Book: Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe

Rowman & Littlefield International has published recently the book Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe. Causes, Charabookcteristics 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.