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Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance in Europe

A Human Rights Based Approach


Edited By Léonce Bekemans

This book offers an interdisciplinary and in-depth analysis of the relationship between intercultural dialogue and multi-level governance, seen from a human rights-based perspective. It brings together papers that were originally presented at international workshops organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Padua in 2010-2011 with some additional contributions. The authors deal with a broad and diversified framework of concepts, policy approaches and linkages between multi-level governance and intercultural dialogue, particularly in the fields of education and civil society participation. The volume follows a multi-disciplinary approach and presents these readings and reflections for an audience of scholars, as well as individuals and organisations interested in issues around human rights, governance, education and civil society. Its innovative approach addresses the complex issues of today’s societies, which are in need of sustainable, coherent and responsible answers at both the conceptual and the policy level.
In short, the book proposes a reading of interconnecting trajectories from governance building, education and civil society to intercultural dialogue in Europe. It is grounded in a human rights perspective and responds to the need for a policy-oriented but value-driven European future.


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Editorial Note


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Commission. It has allowed for an ongoing support to teaching and research activities on the subject of intercultural dialogue from a multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary perspective. The Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of People of the University of Padua, in particular Prof. Antonio Papisca and Prof. Marco Mascia provided a permanent stimulating content and context setting. The various authors of this book present valuable and diversified contributions which are relevant to a fuller and in-depth reading and comprehension of the ongoing debate on the complex relation between intercultural dialogue and multi-level governance. Last but not least I wish to thank the students of my Jean Monnet Course “Globalisation and Inclusiveness in the EU” as well as the many students who participated to various workshops organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Padua. Their active interest in the theme resulted in a fertile process of mutual learning of teaching and research which gave ample satisfaction and content impact. I would also like to thank the administrative staff of the Interdepartmental Centre for their continuous support and assistance. Without the diversified help of many this book would not have seen the light on time. An especially warm word of gratitude to Claudia Pividori, who as a research assistant helped with caring precision to develop in a short time many versions of the written word and vision to the...

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