Bürgerbeteiligung und Rechtspopulismus. Die unterschätzte Gefahr? @ Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung

Demokratie und Populismus stehen in einem Spannungsverhältnis. Denn obwohl Populisten einen Mangel an (direkter) Demokratie beklagen, verfolgen sie meist eine autoritäre Agenda durch die Absolutsetzung ihrer eigenen Positionen. Sie erzeugen Feindbilder, grenzen aus und spalten. Beteiligung, und insbesondere dialogische Beteiligung, jedoch basiert auf gegenseitiger Anerkennung und respekt sowie einem Miteinander ohne Zwang oder Gewalt. dazu braucht es klare Regeln, die auch durchgesetzt werden. Gerade gegenüber Populisten.

Im neuen Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung #4 diskutiere ich diese Problematik ausführlicher und zeige auf, warum Regeln von zentraler Bedeutung für gelingende Bürgerbeteiligung sind.

Rolf Frankenberger (2021): Die unterschätzte Gefahr? Bürgerbeteiligung und Rechtspopulismus. In: Sommer, Jörg (Hrsg.): Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung 4. Berlin: Republik Verlag, S.81-95

Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung #4 – neu erschienen

In der vergangenen Dekade erlebte die Bürgerbeteiligung in Deutschland einen beispiellosen Aufschwung. Heute wird flächendeckend öfter, mehr und tiefer beteiligt als vor zehn Jahren. Und doch ist auch zu Beginn der Zwanziger Jahre des 21. Jahrhunderts die Beteiligung von organisierten und nicht organisierten Bürger*innen in weiten Teilen und vielen Regionen unseres Landes noch immer ein fröhliches Experimentierfeld. 

Das vierte Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung versucht sich deshalb an einer ernsthaften und kritischen Bilanz. Wo stehen wir heute in der Beteiligung? Was haben wir gelernt? Was läuft gut? Wo bedarf es dringender Innovationen? Renommierte Autor*innen aus Theorie und Praxis diskutieren diese und weitere Fragen, werten die gemachten Erfahrungen aus und stellen Bausteine erfolgreicher Beteiligungskonzepte für die Zukunft vor.

Sommer, Jörg (Hrsg.) (2021): Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung. Berlin: Republik Verlag. ISBN: 9-783942-466516

Local Governance and Welfare Production – a research course

Locals Politics makes the political system viable. It brings politics to the people. And it is especially the local level, where welfare is provided, and indeed produced. Starting from concepts of welfare, political systems and local governance, the aim of the seminar is to look at the (legal and structural) frameworks, actors and constraints of local welfare production from a systematic and comparative perspective.

Local welfare production and governance arrangements include public and private actors, such as administrations and NGOs. Local administrations usually have two roles in welfare production. First, they provide and distribute welfare (e.g., social security assistance) on behalf of the national or regional welfare system, and second, they produce welfare at their own responsibility (like childcare, and others) according to the principles of subsidiarity. Associations and NGOs often complement welfare provision on the local level, especially in areas where public administrations are weak or non-performant. So, a third sector arises and gains importance. Sometimes associations and NGOs act on behalf of administrations and are agents of welfare provision. Sometimes they offer their own services.

During the summer semester, Students from Petrozavodsk State University and Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen have conducted research projects to explore different aspects of local governance and welfare production. During a joint Fall School from 04-08. October 2021, they discussed and compared their results and present their core findings. In addition, there was a continued discussion on challenges and chances of local governance in providing welfare and better living conditions for their people.

The topics discussed included:

  • Local and interregional environmental initiatives
  • Politics and policies during the Covid-19-pandemic
  • Associations and organizations during the pandemic
  • Social and health issues during the pandemic

Several external partners from Universities, Civil Society and public administration contributet inputs to the discussion. Among others these were:

The Course and the Fall School were hosted by Prof. Elena Chernenkova, Petrozavodsk State University, Natalya Lavrushina, Karelian public diplomacy development foundation, and Dr. Rolf Frankenberger, University of Tuebingen.

The whole project was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

Local Governance and Public Wellbeing

Just published is our new edited volume on local governance and public wellbeing. It is one result of a cooperation and joint workshop of scientists and practitioners in local governance from Tübingen and Petrozavodsk.

Well-being is a core concept for measuring the satisfaction of citizens with and in their social, political and economic situations. In particular, it is local conditions that are decisive for such an evaluation—and thus also for local welfare production. In addition to municipalities as state authorities, initiatives, non-commercial organisations, associations and federations are also decisive as important welfare producers. From a comparative perspective, the contributions in this volume shed light on various aspects and dimensions of local welfare production and their effects on citizens’ satisfaction. They examine examples from Russia and Germany, in particular the two cities Petrozavodsk and Tübingen as well as the Republic of Karelia and Baden-Württemberg: the theoretical foundations and social challenges, their attitudes and populations, participatory projects and measures of welfare production.

  • Frankenberger, Rolf and Elena Chernenkova (2020) (Eds.): Local Governance and Public Wellbeing. Comparing Russian and German Examples (Schriftenreihe des Europäischen Zentrums für Föderalismus-Forschung Tübingen (EZFF), Bd. 51). Nomos: Baden-Baden.  ISBN 978-3-8487-6532-4

Continue reading ‘Local Governance and Public Wellbeing’

UniverCities – a research and learning project

Funded by the DAAD, my collegues from Petrozavodsk and Tübingen and i will conduct a research seminar and summer school in summer 2020, dealing with the roles of universities in local welfare production by comparing the cities and universities of Tuebingen, Germany, and Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation.

Universities are places of knowledge production and free thought. Or, at least they should be. Academic disciplines like social and economic sciences as well as law are particularly concerned with social developments. They also analyse and reflect social developments aiming at formulating policy recommendations. As places of discourse and education, universities ideally offer room for critical, reflexive thinking and, as spaces of education for future elites, are important instances of socialisation.

Against this background, the seminar aims at reflecting the role of universities in the production of local welfare, the strengthening of civil society, the development of critical reflection and associated competences and skills. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity for an assessment of the role of the two universities of Tübingen and Petrozavodsk  in local welfare production.

The seminar is a research seminar where students contribute to the general aim by doing small research projects, e.g. expert interviews with local elites, content analysis or discourse analysis of local politics and policy making.

The seminar is funded by the DAAD and includes a summer school (fully funded) in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia, from the 12th of September to the 20th of September 2020, where students from both cities get the chance to meet, exchange and discussed their conducted research projects.

 


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