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Julien Talpin

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Julien Talpin is a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), member of the Research Center onAdministration, Politics and Society (CERAPS/University Lille 2). He received his PhD from the European University Institute (Florence), wherehe completed a dissertation on the individual and collective consequences of engagement in participatory democracy institutions. Comparing from anethnographic perspective three deliberative experiments, he followed the participants for several years and shows how difficult the process of empowerment is, especially for low-income and minority groups. It hasbeen published at ECPR Press, 2011, Schools of Democracy. How Ordinary Citizens (Sometimes) Become Competent in Participatory Budgeting Institutions. Hehas since then been involved in several research projects on democratic innovations deliberation, e-participation in Europe, developing a qualitative, socially and historically grounded perspective onparticipatory democracy. He is the co-editor of the journal Participations. His research has more recently focused on broader forms politicization processes and infra-political arenas of engagement indisadvantaged urban neighborhoods. Visiting scholar at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2012-2013, he investigates the different styles of community organizing in the US. Revisiting classical sociological themes, from the iron law of oligarchy to deliberationamong unequal participants and the professionalization of civic life, his research indicates that such grassroots and adversarial efforts manage toinclude low-income residents and achieve substantial policy outcomes, but do not easily allow for the nurturing of new community leaders.

 

Research interests: participatory democracy, deliberation, community organizing, empowerment, and political ethnography

News

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta