Rowman and Littlefield International
Schools of Democracy

Schools of Democracy

How Ordinary Citizens (Sometimes) Become Competent in Participatory Budgeting Institutions

By Julien Talpin

Publication Date: Aug 2011

Pages 252

ECPR Press

Paperback 9781907301186
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00

Schools of Democracy offers a vivid analysis of the long-term impact of engagement in participatory budgeting institutions in Europe.


List of Figures and Tables vi

List of Abbreviations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

Chapter One: Entering the Black Box of Civic Competence: A Pragmatist

Perspective on Self-change 1

Chapter Two: Power to the People? Three Participatory Budget Experiences

in Europe 31

Chapter Three: The Meanings of Public Engagement: How the Emergence of the

Participatory Grammar Reframes the Role of Good Citizen 67

Chapter Four: Participatory Democracy and its Public 99

Chapter Five: Much Ado About Nothing? Why and how Public Deliberation

Hardly Change People 133

Chapter Six: Becoming a Good Citizen by Participating 159

Conclusion 191

Appendix: Towards a Comparative Ethnographic Method 197

Bibliography 201

Index 221

Julien Talpin is a research fellow at the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS), professor of politics at the University of Lille 2. His research deals with the study of deliberative democracy from below, aiming at understanding how participatory experiences are lived by actors and shape their political and personal careers. He is currently investigating the conditions of inclusion of poor people and minorities in participatory processes in Europe and the US. He is co-editor of the French-speaking journal Participations. He has recently published Schools of Democracy: How Ordinary Citizens (Sometimes) Become Competent in Participatory Budgeting Institutions, Colchester, ECPR Press, 2011; ‘What can ethnography bring to the study of deliberative democracy? Evidence from the study on the impact of participation on actors’, Revista International de Sociologia, 70 (2), 2012; ‘When deliberation happens. Evaluating discursive interactions among ordinary citizens’, in B. Geißel, M. Joas, (eds.) Participatory Democratic Innovations in Europe: Improving the Quality of Democracy? Berlin/Toronto, Burdeish Publishers, 2013.

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