BOOK ' CITIZEN PARTICIPATION... FOR A DELIBERATIVE BODY ' (2010)



February 2, 2010, Minister of Presidency of the Government of Aragón, Javier Velasco, presented in society, along with the authors, the book Citizen participation... for a deliberative body. Eight experts from renowned prestigithrough different views, these specialists argue why you should bet on this new way of understanding the relationship between public authorities and citizens. The publication has been driven by the direction General of participation citizen of the Government of Aragon and want to contribute to strengthening the democratic quality.or in the field of participation reflect in this work on this bet, according to them, so necessary in the days we live in.

 

 

mesa1The Minister of Presidency, Javier Velasco, was responsible along with the authors of the book present citizenship... for a deliberative body in society. In a room packed library of Aragón, Zaragoza, counselor began Recalling that this work "speak of participation and the need for it". Therefore as said Velasco, the Act wanted to emulate the book and both the authors and the public have taken the word to reflect on this new form of understanding the relationship between citizens and public authorities.

 

Minister of Presidency also took advantage of this presentation to praise the management carried out in recent years by the General Directorate of citizen participation. "It was a political gamble for the President of Aragon, Marcelino Iglesias, and we can proudly say that we are pleased," he said. Velasco said that citizen participation is due to the desire of the Government of Aragon have all voices and all citizens to generate intelligence collective.

 

 

 

A COLLECTIVE BOOK

 

publico' Citizen participation... for a deliberative body ' is the title of the book in which eight experts have reflected on what they call a new way of doing politics. Participation is a bet which, among other objectives, aims to contribute to strengthening the democratic quality, showing that it is necessary to involve citizens, technicians and politicians in the solution of problems. The General direction of citizen participation has promoted this choral book with which we want to convey the importance of promoting participatory democracy.

 

Direction General of citizen participation, under the Department of Presidency, is a committed pioneer of the Government of Aragon and the President of Aragon, Marcelino Iglesias. Since its inception, more than two years ago, he has tried to put in place mechanisms and participatory processes to build public policy and has promoted twelve processes of participation in matters as important as the law on social services, climate change strategy, the road safety plan, the master plan of development cooperation or intercultural coexistence plan.

 

 

AUTHORS AND CHAPTERS

 

nacho1 1 - participation as public policy.By the Director General of citizen participation, Nacho Celaya.

 

This work is intended to be one tool to respond to basic questions as to what involvement?, about what should be applied? or how to carry it out? The general director of citizen participation, Nacho Celaya, is one of the contributors of this book and from their experience responds to these issues: "the goal is clear: encourage the participation of citizens in the construction of public policies." About what? Above all. In these times of complexity, it is essential to define all the general interest for this purpose are necessary all the voices. And how? "With methodologies serious leaving well clear from the outset the rules of the game and on the basis of a principle that has seemed essential in these two years of life of the General direction: that the truth is distributed in every corner and all the people, that he who sits at a table always has a part of the truth."

 

 

Quim_Brugue 2 - an administration that speaks is an administration that thinks.By the Director of the Institute of Government and policies public of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Quim Brugué.

 

The director of the Institute of Government and policies public of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Quim Brugué, insists that true participation not only implies to modify the relationship with citizens, they must involve a change in the way of working of the administration. "Summed up as the step from an administration with many muscles and works well and efficiently, to an administration that also can do things intelligently. Understanding that you intelligence always is achieved through dialogue, talk, see things from different points of view. "And this would be ultimately also the latest justification of why the participation and dialogue in the construction of public policies."

 

 

pepe2 3 - Parliament, citizenship and democracy.By counsel in the courts of Aragon, José Tudela.

 

For this participation, the lawyer in the courts of Aragon, José Tudela, claims the Parliament as a political space. For this, says, you must rebuild and necessarily knock on the door of the citizen. "I am in these pages a law to the Parliament, a new configuration that would mean that citizens could interact directly with the Parliament by accessing information, documentation and communication with their representatives."

 

 

daniel1 4 - retrieve the transformative policy capacity.By Professor of philosophy of the University of Zaragoza, Daniel Innerarity.

 

A renewal that, according to the Professor of philosophy of the University of Zaragoza, Daniel Innerarity, should also affect the policy. He believes that it is subject to forces that complicate their task and committed to the importance of including the vision of the future on the political agenda. "Policy has to broaden its horizons both spatial and temporal. Space, i.e., have to leave the small form factor of the categories of the national State. Also the lock-in the short term time, which imposes very little vision towards the future agendas and that led him to make decisions that are inconsistent in the long term."

 

 

subirats1 5 - the mirages of the reason and the ways of participation.By Professor of science policy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Joan Subirats.

 

When making decisions, a common mistake is to start simple hypothesis. Thus designates it the Professor of science policy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Joan Subirats. All stakeholders must understand the complexity of the issues discussed. "That much complexity that decisions cannot be solved only from a technical point of view. "In the background, increasingly in our societies, participation implies recognizing that complexity and, therefore, while it may seem more difficult to take decisions through a participatory process in the background they end up being more functional and more operational than not if you want to simplify on the basis of reducing it to a mere technical consultation."

 

 

 

tati2 6 - la participation citizen, the life of the cities.By the Deputy Director of the direction General of participation citizen of Catalonia, Fernando Pindado.

 

On this road we are walking by this new way of doing politics, the Deputy Director of the direction General of participation citizen of Catalonia, Fernando Pindado, it's put in value to the city as the origin of the participation. In these local nuclei is where they have been building spaces that encourage stronger citizen in decision-making. "Autonomous communities, the few who are dedicated to promoting participation in Spain have been based on this experience of local councils. "If we are to further improve the quality of this political system that we call democracy, which is the guarantee of the rights of the citizens, will surely be in the city where you can do that, by ensuring proximity and social network that can be built in each of the cities".

 

 

Sergio_Castel 7 - the juridification of citizen participation.By the Adviser of the direction General of participation citizen of the Government of Aragon, Sergio Castel.

The legislation has also in recent years change lever for greater involvement of citizens. The Adviser of the direction General of participation citizen of the Government of Aragon, Sergio Castel, examines how this process in Spain occurred. "It has resulted in the adoption of a very diverse legislation that attempts to create new spaces, new channels, to facilitate the participation of citizens in the construction of public policies." Thus shown how, especially at regional level, specific laws of citizen participation are approved. Ultimately, behind this process, without a doubt, late an idea and is that legislation should be configured and designed as a lever of change, as a tool to achieve a deliberative body."

 

 

Fernando_Lopez 8 - participation in the field of sustainability.By the Chief of service of participation citizen of the Government of Aragon, Fernando López.

 

The environment sector has been one of the more pioneers and lavish in participatory experiences. The Chief of service of participation citizen of the Government of Aragon, Fernando López, exposes some examples such as the strategies of environmental education or mediation for water conflict. "The fundamental objective of the contribution of the participation in the field of sustainability consists basically in one of the sectors in which more experiences of participation has been in the field of environmental, sustainability and was therefore intended to get to illustrate the multiple cases that there is participation in this area. "Some of the specific cases would be environmental education strategies or agendas 21 premises, or cases of mediation in the water, especially important in Aragon."

 

 

portadaThese are only some keys work For citizen participation... for a deliberative body gives to understand this new form of relationship between citizens and public authorities. A book that from the cover, designed by Jorge Gay, speaks of participation and, above all, its necessity in today's society.

 

 

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