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OAFP 4910 - Social Innovation, Participation and Government : Aggiornamento or Revolution?

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The emergence and spread of the use of ICTs has reshaped societies and with it the concepts of labour, production, community and political subjects. It has boosted new modes of social interactions and production, overcoming historical barriers such as space and time. In the meantime, traditional political institutions - designed within an industrial society – in decay seek to adopt mechanisms from the ICTs in an effort to fight the lack of confidence and so-called crisis of representation they face. This course aims to analyse how institutions and political actors are adopting ICTs and to understand whether this process consists of a revolution or of an "aggiornamento"? The class will address the main theoretical questions around Politics and Internet, and will analyse the main practical experimentations of ICT's and Politics in government, elections, public administration, social movements and social innovations.


  • BONZON, Matisse O. (Responsable de programmes et mobilisation)
  • DE OURO PRETO CORREA DO LAGO, Miguel (Directeur des relations stratégiques, BETRAS)
  • LECAROS DE COSSIO GAUTHIER, Guillaume B. (Policy Analyst)

Pedagogical format

The class will be based on the literature on the topic but also on concrete case studies. Most sessions will entail the presentation of a case study put in perspective with the theoretical debate. Some sessions will also be dedicated to debates with practitioners.

Course validation

Each student will be required during the semester to: - Do a 5-10 minute presentation on current events regarding ICTs and politics; - Do a 10 minute presentation on a pre-determined topic; - In groups write a 10-15 page essay on one of the theoretical debates or case studies covered during the class; - Class participation will be strongly encouraged.


Students will have to do the required readings for the each session and actively follow the evolutions of this fast evolving topic. The latter will be essential for their participation in class.

Required reading

CASTELLS (Manuel), Networks of rage, Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2012

Additional required reading

  • SHIRKY (Clay), Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, New York, The Penguin Group, 2008
  • LEVY (Pierre), Cyberdémocratie. Essai de philosophie politique, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2002
  • LAZZARATO (Maurizio), Experimental Politics: Work, Welfare, and Creativity in the Neoliberal Age, Cambridge, MIT press, 2016
  • NUNES (Rodrigo Guimarães), Organisation of the Organisationless: Colective Action After Networks. Mute Books, 2014