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Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance in Europe

A Human Rights Based Approach

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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 IV. CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION TO INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE

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PART IV CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION TO INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE 409 Introduction Léonce BEKEMANS Part IV contains contributions dealing with the civil society participation in intercultural dialogue. It concerns key concepts and practices of democratic citizenship and civil society participation in intercultural dialogue as well as human-centric approaches to international cooperation. Focal points of the various analyses are the relevance of civil society organisations and non-governmental structures in intercultural dialogue at local, regional and European level and the innovative processes of intercultural dialogue and civil society involvement with reference to participatory democracy. In the paper “Civil society participation in intercultural dialogue” Manuel Manonelles, Director of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace in Barcelona, firstly clarifies the conceptual framework of the interaction between civil society and intercultural dialogue “in action” and secondly, identifies the most relevant institutional processes linked to intercultural dialogue of civil society participation at global, regional and local level. In doing so, the author clarifies the reasons why civil society and civil society organisations are unique contributors in creating both the spaces and the conditions that (pre-)determine intercultural dialogue. Robin Wilson, an independent researcher of (inter)cultural studies, starts his well referenced and strong paper “Civil society in intercultural dialogue, democracy and governance” by explaining the new paradigm of intercultural dialogue which is emerging in Europe. It clarifies the idea of civil society and explores its role in promoting dialogue, looking at the experience of reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Wilson views civil society as the best possible...

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