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P07- Back to the future? Cross analysing less visible participation and its publics

PANEL Organizers :

Alexandre Fauquette (, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives Politiques et Sociales (France)
• Catherine Neveu (, Laboratoire d'anthropologie des institutions et des organisations sociales (France)
• Fabrizio Cantelli (, Groupe de Recherche sur l'Action Publique (Belgium)
• Marion Carrel (, Centre de Recherche "individus, Epreuves Sociétés" (France)
• Martine Revel (, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales (France)


The multiplication of institutionalised devices of “participatory democracy” (such as participatory budgets, citizens jurys, etc) has induced a proliferating research. Meanwhile participation cannot be limited to its more institutionalised forms. There are indeed a number of hardly visible spaces, especially in social movements and “people's education” (éducation populaire), where less “equipped” (Mazeaud 2010) or professionalised (Nonjon 2006) forms of participation are developed. These less visible forms of participation, many of which refuse to be designated as such, can renew critical social analysis, question the distribution of powers and redefine who their publics should be. This panel aims at opening a collective discussion on these more discreet and less visible forms and cultures of participation, on how they constitute publics, and on their potential effects on them. The aim is also to question how these publics affect the forms and organisation of such devices. This “undisciplined” collective discussion will be organised around 3 topics: constituting publics as a legitimating stake for those less institutionalised forms of participation; how choices made by these publics influence the devices; and reversely, their effects on these same publics. Wider issues are common to the 3 topics: how do publics use such collective action or “éducation populaire” devices or approaches? Is access to them less costly than in the case of more institutionalised devices? These less visible forms of participation are indeed supposed to be more attractive for individuals who are relatively cut from public services and/or the political sphere. Such a postulate nevertheless requires a critical discussion: is it really the case they constitute different publics? Contributions from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, with a special attention being paid to empirically grounded research.


Less visible participation, publics, collective action


Faculty, E2.6

SESSION 1 : 9/07/2015 : 17:45-19:15

Chair: tbd
Discussant: Martine Revel (

Public participation and emerging struggles for ‘cognitive justice'
Nick Mahomy (,The Open University (United-Kingdom)

The effects of the healthcare sector on public participation : an overview on different forms of participation
Alexandre Fauquette (, Lille 2
University (France)

Daring to dream of citizen involvement? Mapping the consequences of depoliticization of flood risk management
Winnubst Madelind
(, Utrecht University (Netherlands)

Politicizing the Ghetto. Youth Organizing between Empowerment and Indoctrination in Los Angeles
Julien Talpin (, Lille 2 University (France)

The real governance of flooding response in peri-urban Senegal: co-production as active citizenship
Caroline Schaer (, UNEP-DTU Partnership (Denmark)

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