Reclaiming Participatory Governance offers empirical and theoretical perspectives on how the relationship between social movements and state institutions is emerging and developing through new modes of participatory governance.

One of the most interesting political developments of the past decade has been the adoption by social movements of strategies seeking to change political institutions through participatory governance. These strategies have flourished in a variety of contexts, from anti-austerity and pro-social justice protests in Spain, to movements demanding climate transition and race equality in the UK and the USA, to constitutional reforms in Belgium and Iceland. The chief ambition and challenge of these new forms of participatory governance is to institutionalise the prefigurative politics and social justice values that inspired them in the first place, by mobilising the bureaucracy to respond to their claims for reforms and rights. The authors of this volume assess how participatory governance is being transformed and explore the impact of such changes, providing timely critical reflections on: the constraints imposed by cultural, economic and political power relations on these new empowered participatory spaces; the potential of this new "wave" of participatory democracy to reimagine the relationship between citizens and traditional institutions towards more radical democratic renewal; where and how these new democratisation efforts sit within the representative state; and how tensions between the different demands of lay citizens, organised civil society and public officials are being managed.

This book will be an important resource for students and academics in political science, public administration and social policy, as well as activists, practitioners and policymakers interested in supporting innovative engagement for deeper social transformation.

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chapter 1|16 pages

Introduction to the Volume

part Section 1|70 pages

Conceptualising Democracy-Driven Governance

chapter 2|16 pages

Challenging the “Rules of the Game”

The Role of Bottom-Up Participatory Experiments for Deliberative Democracy

chapter 4|16 pages

Can Local Participation Disrupt Neoliberalism?

The Politics and Ethics of Caring for Democracy

chapter 5|20 pages

The Democratic Multiverse

Governance, Associations and the Prospects for Progressive Democratic Renewal

part Section 2|102 pages

Tracing the Emergence of Democracy-Driven Governance

chapter 6|15 pages

Towards Participatory Transition Governance

The Role of Social Movements as “Collaborators” for Democratic Innovation

chapter 7|16 pages

“Be Like Water”

Participatory Arts, Prefigurative Social Movements and Democratic Renewal

chapter 8|16 pages

Whose and What Right to the City?

Insights from Lisbon on the interplay of movements and institutions within participatory processes

chapter 9|18 pages

De-POLARising Civic Participation?

Lessons from the Incomplete Experience of Greenland

chapter 10|16 pages

Collective Candidacies and Mandates in Brazil

Challenges and Pitfalls of a Gambiarra

part Section 3|86 pages

Assessing the Challenges to Projects of Radical Reform

chapter 12|18 pages

Expanding Participatory Governance through Digital Platforms?

Drivers and Obstacles in the Implementation of the Decidim Platform

chapter 13|16 pages

The Embeddedness of ­Public-Common Institutions

The Citizen Assets Programme in Barcelona

chapter 14|17 pages

How Can Democracy-Driven Governance Turn into Technopopulism?

Arguing on the Case of Ahora Madrid

chapter 15|17 pages

Surfing Disappointment

The Uneasy Inclusion of Social Movement Activists in Local Participatory Institutions: A Case Study of Madrid (2015–2019) 1

chapter 16|16 pages

Institutionalising Participation from Below

From the Shack to Municipal Elections in Commercy, France

part Section 4|10 pages


chapter 17|8 pages

Towards the Messy Middle

The Next Generation of Democracy-Driven Governance Research