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This article focuses on differences in the appraisals of financial and practical support for marginalised youth in the municipalities in a Norwegian county. The appraisals are linked to an evaluation of holiday options offered by the Red Cross. Municipalities’ executive officers (N=16) have been interviewed. An outline of the historical and socio-political developments which have led to the present public policy is described. Then the following questions are discussed: What leads to the prioritizing of holiday support? How are private and public holiday providers selected? How are the needs for holiday tours assessed?  What criteria are used to select participants?…

The current study is a part of my doctoral research and examines parental involvement in school life and its effectiveness on citizenship education, in term of students’ skills of civic engagement in social life. The main hypothesis is that parent participation in school life positively affects citizenship education of young people. The research examines 614 schooled nested in 15 classrooms of primary school and 13 classrooms of middle school selected from the schools of the Municipality of Genova. Data were analyzed using descriptive analysis and multilevel modeling. Results show that students’ citizenship education and the involvement of their parents in…

Political participation of citizens is “at the heart of democracy” (Verba et al 2002: 129). The contribution analyses how local social policy is shaped by interest groups within civil society, focusing on seniors’ councils in four German medium – sized cities; two of these in east Germany. Using Albert Hirschman’s concept of exit and voice as a starting point, it discusses which room for maneuvers is provided to seniors’ councils in local politics to exercise voice and to which aim this voice is used, i.e. expressing dissatisfaction with the status quo. It will be shown that seniors’ councils can influence…

Participation has attracted great interest regarding its potential to mediate between social needs and decision making as well as harsh criticisms for its instrumental use in legitimizing arbitrary decisions by harvesting social support. This paper addresses the internal problems of participatory processes by looking at the challenges associated with defining a shared representation of reality in the presence of high uncertainty. In the social context, the production of information to be used for governance needs to deal with incommensurable values and non-equivalent scales. A series of pre-analytical choices are identified as crucial in determining the story-tellers, the narratives used, the…

In Florence the level of conflict between indigenous and migrant citizens never reached levels of exasperation. Cohabitation articulates itself in the form of a peaceful relationship with some points of excellence and some critical instances. Where, thus, resides the rationale for designing a structured participatory process to discuss about the building of a Mosque? What results have been achieved, both in terms of providing possible solutions and of improving the quality of democracy? Is it appropriate to define this experience in terms of success or failure and if so according to which indicators? The paper analyses the process and its…

This paper argues that on a municipal level, where politics are closest to the people, there is an institutional disincentive for citizens to participate actively in politics and policy decisions. Critics of strong centralized Japanese government claim that the central government yields too much power in deciding how local Japanese governments run their municipalities by dictating the allocation of funds collected from local taxes. However, the municipal government’s lack of citizen participation in policy decisions parallels the criticized unilateral decision making of the national government. Though some activist mayors and municipal governments enlist issue oriented groups’ input in related decisions,…

Il Working Paper numero 7 della serie FV&P contiene il secondo ciclo di findings della ricerca periodica “Caratteri e tendenze delle organizzazioni di volontariato in Italia” promossa dalla Fondazione Volontariato e Partecipazione (Fvp) e dal Centro Nazionale per il Volontariato (Cnv). Una ricerca che fa il punto sui tratti salienti del volontariato. E’ stata svolta su un campione rappresentativo per aree geografiche e settore di interesse di 2012 associazioni estratte dall’universo di tutte le associazioni iscritte ai registri regionali/provinciali. Scarica il secondo Working Paper “Le organizzazioni di volontariato nell’Italia della crisi“.

La Strategia Rifiuti Zero è un protocollo seguito a livello internazionale. Si pone l’obiettivo di ridurre la produzione di rifiuti, riusare e riparare i prodotti, recuperare la materia per evitare il ricorso agli inceneritori e minimizzare quello alle discariche. Questo paper ricostruisce brevemente la storia della diffusione della Strategia Rifiuti Zero in Italia e offre una prima caratterizzazione dei 70 Comuni che possa anche rappresentare uno strumento utile alla costituzione di un loro coordinamento. Scarica “I Comuni italiani verso Rifiuti Zero“.

Il Working Paper numero 5 della serie FV&P contiene le prime findings della ricerca periodica “Caratteri e tendenze delle organizzazioni di volontariato in Italia” promossa dalla Fondazione Volontariato e Partecipazione (Fvp) e dal Centro Nazionale per il Volontariato (Cnv). Una ricerca che fa il punto sui tratti salienti del volontariato, facendo emergere anche alcune criticità. La ricerca è stata svolta su un campione rappresentativo per aree geografiche e settore di interesse di 2012 associazioni estratte dall’universo di tutte le associazioni iscritte ai registri regionali/provinciali. Scarica “Le organizzazioni di volontariato nell’Italia della crisi“.

ProCivibus è un moderno sistema di crowdsourcing che consente ai cittadini ed agli operatori della Protezione Civile di collaborare con le Amministrazioni Locali nella costruzione della banca dati comunale e provinciale di supporto alla pianificazione d’emergenza. Pertanto, ProCivibus si configura come un servizio. Nel paper di Marco Palazzo e Ludovica Marzo una rassegna sul tema. Scarica: ProCivibus: la Protezione Civile partecipata nel Web 2.0