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Political Participation of Local Publics in the Unemployment Field: A Comparison of Lyon and Turin

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This article focuses on political participation of local publics in the unemployment field, examining networks of collective actors in Lyon and Turin. Our main question is: Is the participation of local publics fostered under conditions of more developed governance that increases bottom-up access (formal or informal) to elites and institutions in the policy domain? Drawing upon the most recent developments in literatures on social movement theory, governance and network analysis, this article discusses the main variations in terms of political participation of local publics in Lyon and Turin. It then enquires into the main explanatory factors accounting for these variations, thus showing that the openness of governance does influence the level of political participation of local publics. The main argument is that in an open context participation is low, while in a closed (or underdeveloped) context local publics participate more, with differential access to decision-making according to their resources.

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hal-03567950 , version 1 (12-02-2022)

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Matteo Bassoli, Manlio Cinalli. Political Participation of Local Publics in the Unemployment Field: A Comparison of Lyon and Turin. Social Movement Studies, 2016, 15 (2), pp.197-215. ⟨10.1080/14742837.2015.1095085⟩. ⟨hal-03567950⟩
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