Active Citizenship for the Common Good(s) in Italy

by Stokke Øyvind and Vito de Lucia, IFF and JCLOS, UiT

 In 2001 Italy passed a Constitutional amendment which introduced the principle of “horizontal subsidiarity”. This provision opened for the direct engagement of citizens in the management or co-management of public goods through forms of “active citizenship”. In the context of European economic austerity, the idea of active citizenship (which has been around at least from the 1970’s) has been concretized in multiple ways, and especially in relation to the (re-)emerging category of common goods, through forms of “shared administration”. This presentation will offer an account of these recent practices, its theoretical underpinning, some of its promises and some of its potential limitations.



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