Conflicts and paradoxes in the rhetoric of participation

Ernesto Ganuza, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Nicole Summers

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The expansion of participation processes and techniques around the world in recent years takes place under the rhetoric of citizen empowerment. This rhetoric has been questioned by many scholars, who often point out the weak impact of such practices and the new games of domination to which participation is submitted. This article examines this dilemma from the expansion of participatory budgeting in the global North. We propose a study of assembly processes involving the local public administration in the cities of Chicago and Córdoba. This process reveals conflicts and paradoxes that often remain hidden in the research, but nevertheless show struggles to appropriate and define the meaning of participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-343
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Civil Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016


  • Chicago
  • Córdoba
  • Participation
  • democracy
  • empowerment
  • public administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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