The Decline and Rise of Public Spaces
Claus Offe, Hartmut Häußermann, Donatella della Porta, Bernd M. Scherer, Lea Ypi, Marc Morjé Howard, Christian Joppke,
Antanus Mockus, Maarten Hajer, Wytske Verburg et al.
Papers and Presentations from the International HSoG Conference, October 2008
Available online PDF [201p.] at: http://www.hertie-school.org/binaries/addon/1056_publicspaces.pdf
“……A public space is an institutional setting where communications take place on matters that concern all members of a community.
These discourses allow for the perception of identities, the understanding of difference and conflict, the probing of legitimacy, and the formation of political will. A public space is defined by its being freely and fearlessly accessible to everyone.
We would like to look at the physical and institutional spaces in which processes such as arguing, bargaining, deliberation, persuasion, and the tapping of ‘moral resource’ are taking place. Can we point to the emergence of new public spaces (e.g. in the arts and the interactive electronic media)? How do they relate to the decay and deformation of old ones (e.g. the spread of ‘gated communities’ and isolated parallel societies)? To what extent do the associations and organisations of ‘civil society’ provide arenas in which common political problems are defined, be it within or beyond the borders of national societies?...”
Table of Contents
Conference Programme The Decline and Rise of Public Spaces
Claus Offe- Opening Statement: Arenas of Social Conflict and Political Discourse: Growth or Decline?
Harmut Häußermann - Spatial Exclusion and the Policies for Access
Donatella della Porta -Social Movements as Public Spaces
Bernd Scherer - Counterpoints: The Role of Art in the Public Space
Lea Ypi - Public Spaces and the Death of Art: Was Hegel Right?
Marc Morjé Howard - Varieties of Citizenship in the European Union
Christian Joppke - ‘Civic Integration’ to Beat the Parallel Society?
Antanus Mockus - Policy Innovation and the Culture of Citizenship: Tapping the Moral Resources of a Metropolitan Population
Maarten Hajer and Wytske Versteeg - The Limits to Deliberative Governance
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