Poorly designed deliberation: explaining the banlieues’ non-involvement in the Great Debate

Miscoiu, S. and Gherghina, S. (2021) Poorly designed deliberation: explaining the banlieues’ non-involvement in the Great Debate. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, (doi: 10.1080/13511610.2021.1978283) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

In 2019, the French Government organized a wide public consultation named the Great Debate. Promoted as a deliberative practice that could bring together various segments of society, it was characterized by feeble involvement of the people living in the banlieues – densely populated, economically marginalized, socially deprived and ethno-culturally different peripheral areas of large cities. This article aims to explain the reasons for which people in the banlieues of Paris did not participate in the Great Debate. Drawing on in-depth interviews and one focus group conducted in the spring of 2019, we distinguish between four main causes of non-participation: the re-legitimation function of the debate, its lack of inclusiveness, mismatch of demands, and format of the deliberative setting.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Miscoiu, S., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1351-1610
ISSN (Online):1469-8412
Published Online:16 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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