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The promise of participation: seminar and book launch

22 January 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speaker: Dr Daniel Altschuler, Visiting Scholar, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Public Policy, New School for Public Engagement

Date: 22 January 2014

Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30  

Dr Daniel Altschuler’s seminar will focus on his recently published book on civic participation. Political scientists have long wondered whether civic participation can have spillover effects—that is, whether civic participation in one particular domain of public life can lead to more participation in other areas. The Promise of Participation:

Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala, one of the most extensive studies ever on the effects of participatory governance, argues that participation can indeed be generative. Participation in development projects can lead citizens, regardless of how poor they are, to develop capacities for new and deeper forms of civic engagement.

The publication also uncovers features of program design, local context, and national political problems that inhibit spillovers from having a broader impact on civil society.

Kindly RSVP by 20 January 2014

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.  

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: