Impegno politico e spazio pubblico

In: Meridiana. 58, 2007
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Political engagement and public space
On the one hand, the crisis of representative democracy is a constant refrain in the public opinion as well as among social scientists. On the other hand, there is a widespread reference to political participation, participatory democracy, deliberative practices, and also to new instruments of political involvement such as e.g. the participatory budget adopted in many cities. The aim of the article is to focus on the relation between political representation and participation, arguing that, beyond the theoretical debate, what is emerging in the public space today is a variety of new forms of political engagement, the renovated activism of associations and groups, and new ways of conceiving political expertise