Struggles over Expertise : Practices of Politicization and Depoliticization in Participatory Democracy

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dc.contributor.author Meriluoto, Taina Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-10T13:34:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-10T13:34:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06-01
dc.identifier.citation Meriluoto , T M 2021 , ' Struggles over Expertise : Practices of Politicization and Depoliticization in Participatory Democracy ' , Democratic theory : an interdisciplinary journal , vol. 8 , no. 1 , pp. 1-22 . https://doi.org/10.3167/dt.2021.080102
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-1793-1031/work/98325955
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333032
dc.description.abstract There is growing concern among democracy scholars that participatory innovations pose a de-politicizing threat rather than an asset for democracy. This article tackles this concern by providing a more nuanced understanding of how politicization and de-politicization take shape in participatory initiatives. Based on ethnographic research on participatory projects with marginalized people who are invited to act as experiential experts, the article examines how actors limit and open up possibilities to participate. By focusing on struggles concerning the definition of expertise, the article identifies a threefold character of politicization as a practice within participatory innovations: 1) illuminating the boundaries that define the actors’ possibilities, 2) making a connection between these boundaries and specific value-bases, and 3) imagining an alternative normative basis for participation. fi
dc.description.abstract There is growing concern among democracy scholars that participatory innovations pose a depoliticizing threat to democracy. This article tackles this concern by providing a more nuanced understanding of how politicization and depoliticization take shape in participatory initiatives. Based on ethnographic research on participatory projects with marginalized people who are invited to act as experiential experts, the article examines how actors limit and open up possibilities to participate. By focusing on struggles concerning the definition of expertise, the article identifies a threefold character of politicization as a practice within participatory innovations. It involves (1) illuminating the boundaries that define the actors' possibilities; (2) making a connection between these boundaries and specific value bases; and (3) imagining an alternative normative basis for participation. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Democratic theory : an interdisciplinary journal
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject citizen participation
dc.subject depoliticization
dc.subject experiential expertise
dc.subject participatory democracy
dc.subject politicization
dc.subject public policy
dc.subject PUBLIC-PARTICIPATION
dc.subject POLICY
dc.subject POLITICS
dc.subject CITIZEN
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE
dc.subject AGONISM
dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.subject 5171 Political Science
dc.title Struggles over Expertise : Practices of Politicization and Depoliticization in Participatory Democracy en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Sociology
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.3167/dt.2021.080102
dc.relation.issn 2332-8894
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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