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Publication “Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy. From the conceptual discussion to local action”

We are pleased to announce that the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of UCLG has released its publication “Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy. From the conceptual discussion to local action”.

The publication follows the graphical line of its previous publications: the Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the Citythe European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City, the Inclusive Cities Observatory brochure and “For a world of inclusive cities”.

This publication is the result of a study prepared by the Institut de Govern i Polítiques Publiques (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) at the request of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights. The IGOP questions the relation between participatory democracy and social inclusion both in theory and in practice.

While these notions seem to have emerged as a worldwide consensual paradigm in the last decades, their incorporation in public action did not always allow to respond to the challenges of a new era characterized by rapid changes, increasing mobility, instability and fragmentation at all levels.

The IGOP provides an in-depth analysis of the multidimensional inclusion–exclusion phenomenon appearing in urban societies and of the various approaches to participatory democracy. Concrete action plans are then suggested to set up engaged local public policies for the recognition of the other and the defense of rights.       

We invite you to consult the section of the Committee website dedicated to this document: “Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy. From the conceptual discussion to local action”.

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