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Wednesday 8th May 2013
EUI – Badia
Seminar Room 4 from 10 to 12 a.m.
CMPF Academic Seminar:
Chances, criticalities and limits in the theory and in the process of e.democracy: the Five Star Movement case in Italy
Daniele Donati, University of Bologna
The spread of new technologies influences and shapes the new procedures, methods and tools for citizens’ democratic participation. Beside the use of technologies, promoted by the political institutions as tools for casting the vote on official elections (i.e. in countries like the U.S.A.), and as tools for public debate and consultation involving citizens in decision making processes, the web and social networks are becoming powerful and effective tools for grassroots initiatives that influence the decision-making processes and consolidated constitutional rules and procedures. The case of the Italian Five Star Movement, a political organisation developed around a popular comedian’s blog, demonstrates how the web can be used as an empowering tool for political participation and engagement. At the same time, the Five Stars Movement experience shows its limits in ensuring transparent and fair decision making processes; concerns have been also raised about the risks related to the use of direct democracy where decisions may bypass every political representative institution. The seminar will discuss the characteristics of the Five Star Movement in the frame of Italian Constitution and participation and e.participation and e.democracy categories.
Daniele Donati teaches Administrative Law and Information and communication law in several courses at the University of Bologna, as well as in in a number of postgraduate courses at the same and in other Italian universities. He is Distinguished Fellow at the University of Virginia –USA, Member of the Politische Italien-Forschung (PIFO) of the Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Bologna, Member of the Scientific Board of the Interdepartmental Center for Islamic Sciences at the University of Bologna.
His main research interests cover subsidiarity, citizens’ participation, media law. Speaker at numerous conferences in Italy and abroad, he is also President of the Libraries System of the Municipality of Bologna and President of the Scientific Committee for the Strategic Plan of Bologna metropolitan area.
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