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Democratic Transition, Participation and Deliberation

POL 216  Democratic Transition, Participation and Deliberation

Class hours: 42

Credits (ECTS): 6

LM-CUSpecialization in Political Fraternity and Global Studies

Biennial: a.y. 2024-2026

Year: 1st

Terms: 3rd–4th

Course held in Italian

The course offers some essential tools for understanding the processes of democratisation and the transformations of the representative model. The analysis will focus on the demand for democratic quality and the centrality of civil society in the complex institutional framework. The second part will present some advanced topics related to community governance and participatory and deliberative democracy (with meetings with experts), to learn how to promote networks of cooperation and social cohesion.
1. The quality of democracy and indices. Authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.
2. Political participation. Voting, abstentionism and the paradoxes of electoral participation.
3. Representation and Parliament. Accountability and responsiveness.
4. The party system. Political disintermediation and democracy of the public.
5. Community governance: communication, inclusion, deliberation.

Bibliographical references:

  • Bobbio N., Il futuro della democrazia, Torino 1984, ed. 2005.
  • Floridia A., La democrazia deliberativa: teorie, processi e sistemi, Roma 2012.
  • Morlino L. – D. Berg-Schlosser – B. Badie, Scienza politica. Una prospettiva globale, Novara 2017.
  • Ropelato D. (a cura di), Democrazia intelligente. Attori e processi della partecipazione, Roma 2010.

Final evaluation:
The examination will take place in steps: students will be asked to contribute their own work in the classroom at the scheduled thematic seminars.

The final evaluation will be based on the outcome of the concluding oral colloquium and will consider knowledge of the basic language of the discipline, the ability to deal with and connect the contents, classroom presentations and participation.

At the beginning of the course there will be a preliminary test: those who do not pass it will have to take an oral interview at the end of the first month based on the text:

  • Morlino L. – D. Berg-Schlosser – B. Badie, Political Science: A Global Perspective, Sage 2017 (chap. 4,5,10,11,12).

Professor Daniela Ropelato

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