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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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PART I GENERAL CONCEPTS 25 Introduction Léonce BEKEMANS Part I on “General Concepts” deals with the conceptual and valorial framework of the relation between intercultural dialogue and governance. The papers in this part explore the conceptual frontiers and possibilities of governing intercultural dialogue from different (inter)disciplinary and policy angles. They all start from a human rights perspective, discuss its impact on curriculum development activities and suggest policy recommendations. They also provide the broad framework for the applied analysis of the various contributions proposed in the next three parts. The paper by Antonio Papisca introduces “Value Roots for Multi- level Governance and Intercultural Dialogue,” and focuses on the legal and institutional aspects of multi-level governance. He argues that the human rights paradigm is the steering compass for good governance in the era of interdependence and globalisation, set within the dynamics of the key principle of subsidiarity. The author argues that multi-level governance opens the way to extend the practice of democracy beyond the state borders. He reclaims a more substantial role for local governments in the overall multi-level governance architecture. They are considered the basic territorial pole of subsidiarity and the most direct bearer of the responsibility to protect human rights in daily life. They are most suitable to respond to the challenge of inclusion, intercultural dialogue and plural citizenship. In the paper “Values, Intercultural Dialogue and Making it Pay to Be Good: a Research Agenda and Policy Approach for the European Union,” Peter G. Xuereb, a Maltese Jean...

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