Civic Participation in Globalising World. Inequalities, Patterns and Determinants

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Seminarraum 5C G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC10 Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management (host committee)

Language: English

The process of global transformation is accompanied by various consequences. One of the globalists’ fundamental theses assumes that alongside the free flow of goods, ideas and people, possibilities for citizens to shape political and social structures increase as well. A greater range of freedom and smaller pressure from state allows for individuals’ interest in common good, democracy and civic participation. On the other hand, the opponents of globalization underline that the processes of globalization, mainly the declining role of the national state and the growing role of freedom of individuals lead to quite opposite results. According to them, the normative system undergoes differentiation and relativisation, social life becomes increasingly privatised and consequently the public sphere falls down. 
The main goal of this session is to make an attempt at answering three main problem questions:

  • What is the general level of civic participation in different societies and social settings at the end of the first decade of the 21st century and what is the scale of inequalities in this respect? 
  • What patterns of civic participation dominate in different societies and communities? 
  • What models or what variables are best fitted to explain changeability of civic participation levels and patterns in a globalizing world?
Session Organizer:
Pawel STAROSTA, University of Lodz, Poland
Pawel STAROSTA, University of Lodz, Poland
A Cross-National Comparison of the Patterns of Civic Participation: Worldwide Convergence, National Divergence, or Enduring Influences of Cultural Repertoire?
Takeshi WADA, The University of Tokyo, Japan; Yoojin KOO, The University of Tokyo, Japan; Kayo HOSHINO, The University of Tokyo, Japan
The Reception of Participation. Gaps in Existing Knowledge.
Krzysztof MACZKA, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland