Axis GOVERNANCEBlanca MIEDES UGARTEUNIVERSIDAD DE HUELVACENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN INTERNACIONAL EN INTELIGENCIA TERRITORIALMember of the International Scientific Coordination Network (GDRI)« International Network of Territorial Intelligence »International Conference of Territorial IntelligenceTerritorial Intelligence, Socio-Ecological Transition and Resilience of theTerritories30-31 May 2013, Besançon (UFR SLHS, MSHE), Dijon (MSHD)
2G. [governance]Axis G. [governance] Governance agendaorganizing structural reforms and initiatives forthe socio-ecological transition.
3ActivitiesTopics for discussion (activities) in this Axis are:1.Structural reforms that help maintain and develop the welfaresociety to improve the any- and everybody well being. <GRreforms>2.Governance initiatives in coordination and concertation,cooperation and participation promoting territorial sustainabledevelopment <GI initiatives>3.Organizational employment and innovation reforms promotingcooperation, coopetition and participation . <GC coopetition>
42013 objectiveThe objective of the axis for 2013 is to jointly write a book chapter (about 30 pg.)summing up main conclusions of bilateral meetings and common workshopshold by the axis members.- Workshop La Plata (Argentina, October 2012):Participants:-Gladys Molina, Universidad de Cuyo email@example.com-Jorge Karol, Universidad de La Plata firstname.lastname@example.org-Albalía Colucci, Universidad Católica de Santiago del Estero email@example.com-María Alejandra Charras, Universidad de Córdoba firstname.lastname@example.org-David Rincón, Universidad de Córdoba email@example.com-Blanca Miedes Ugarte, Universidad de Huelva firstname.lastname@example.org-Meeting in Huelva (Spain, February 2013):Participants:-Tullia Saccheri, Università degli studi di Salerno email@example.com-Natale Ammaturo, Università degli studi di Salerno firstname.lastname@example.org-Blanca Miedes Ugarte, Universidad de Huelva email@example.com
5General OverviewThe chapter “NEW LIFE, NEW LINKS: WHAT GOBERNANCE FOR WHATSOCIO-ECOLÓGICAL TRANSITION” will focus the following topics1. A brief synthesis on world socioeconomic, political and ecological megatrendsand a critical discussion of the agendas that are being proposed by internationalinstitutions.1.A discussion about the emergence of new lateral and multilevel ways ofgovernance in deliberating and implementing different alternative agendas aswell as the role of States, regions, communities and individuals in this newframework.1.The role, advantages and risks of new technologies in these new governanceprocesses will be examined.1.A discussion about how to reconcile the old and new ways of governance willconclude the article.
61. Agendas- Revision of the agendas for socio-ecological transition that are beingdiscussed or established by international institutions, think-tanks, thinking-networks and ONG’S (for example, the European 2020 Strategy, the reportson socio-ecological transitions of several FP7 research projects, the reportsof the New Economics Foundation, the proposal of the New Green Deal, etc).- All these agendas have in common the preconization of big structuralchanges, among others:- energy efficient productive reorientations,- the redefinition of the local-global relationships,- income distribution and time policies- They deal as well with individual behavioral changes:- the overcoming of consumerism,- the reconstruction of collective links and people empowerment throughknowledge production and sharing.- All these transformations on the basis of new, participative, horizontaldecision making processes and citizens political empowerment.
71. Agendas (cont.)However, this section will high light the fact that there are irreconcilabledifferences regarding the pursued finalities in these agendas,-while western governmental agendas look for keeping the system under controlin order to facilitate the continuity of capital accumulation and fostering economicgrowth as main drivers for life quality,-more non-liberal governments, alternative research think tanks and civilorganization agendas seek a transition to a more radical and permanenttransformation of the model of development.
82. The emergence of new lateral multilevel ways ofgovernance and the role ofdifferent actors.This section should specially focus the role of citizens’ participation (includingimplication, cooperation, coordination) at different scales and sectors.Some questions arise here;-What kind of new participation structures are emerging in different contexts?;-Taking into account different scenarios on employment and market and non-market activities, which kind of social innovation is emerging in market and nonmarket economic activities?-How to identify more promising practices, how to scale them, how to inscribethem in institutional frameworks?-How to conceptualize an axiology about participation and commons as driversof social, economic, cultural life instead/complementing the current single drivercompetition?-How to create and recreate social and communitarian proactive links?
9The starting point of this section is that the effects of technology are directlylinked to their use; they can promote democracy but help dictatorships in thesame way. They can enhance individuals’ enlighten but surveillance as well. Themass media can enhance social innovation but social hysteria as well… Theycan mobilize a lot of people but they can exclude most disfavored at the sametime.This section should discuss methods and tools to keep this technology in apermanent dialogue with individuals and social as one of the most importantchallenges of governance systems in the future.3. Role, advantages, risks of new technologies ingovernance processes.
10- Within the current critical context, in which a wide arrange of socialmovements and organized groups (such as “indignados”, occupyeverywhere, transition towns, degrowhth networks and communities…) arebecoming more active alternative political actors, the traditional rules ofgood governance (openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness andcoherence) are necessary conditions but not sufficient ones.- Active citizens need more active governance. This section will discuss theneed to overcome the social engineering approach towards more reflexive,deliberative, and participative decision making and instrumentalplanning processes.- The conclusion should be the research agenda for producing newknowledge and new participatory tools for supporting all these processesand for contributing to build up actors and governments capabilities todeal with main governance challenges.4. How to reconcile the old and new ways ofgovernance.
11Organization- I suggest each concerned researcher to send meher/his contributions to each section before 20thJune.- I will compile all the contributions in a draft and I willsend it for critics, remarks and comments on 30thJune.- The final version of the chapter should be ready on15thJuly.
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