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Evaluation as a Socio-Political Intervention

Num°13 EVALUATION
Status-Quo

The logic of evaluation is presented and examined, resulting in the claim that evaluation (of public policies and programs) itself is an intervention in the public sphere. Evaluation accomplishes this primarily via the advancement of selected stakeholder interests and values, Leggi tutto »

 
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Numero 13 EVALUATION February, 2015 - Autore:

 

A Rousseauian Economist’s Brief Reflection on Evaluation

Num°13 EVALUATION
Rousseau

The essay highlights the close connection that is in place between a specific mode of evaluation and a specific economic approach, namely the neo-classic or marginalist approach; Leggi tutto »

 
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Questa inconstante dea: Machiavelli’s amoral Fortuna

Num°12 LUCK
MachiavelliENG

Machiavelli often portrays fortuna as an inconstant, amoral power that gives or takes benefits regardless of its beneficiaries’ or victims’ merits. Yet though fortune appears omnipotent, he also insists that human beings have a power of their own – virtú – that can reduce its impact. Leggi tutto »

 
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Numero 12 LUCK October, 2014 - Autore:

 

How Much Fortune? Machiavelli and the Dilemma of Contingency

Num°12 LUCK
Machiavelli

The register of political actions situates itself, for Machiavelli, in the relation between virtue and fortune. Fortune is that which escapes, it is the configuration given in a specific moment to the conflict that devastates the political space, namely the conflict between the many, who do not want to be dominated, and the great, who want to dominate. Leggi tutto »

 
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Luck and Institutions: A Defense of Institutional Luck Egalitarianism

Num°12 LUCK
TAN

Luck egalitarianism is a picture of distributive equality which holds that a just distributive allocation of the goods or resources (that we take to matter) must reflect the choices of people and not their bad or good luck. Leggi tutto »

 
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Urban Space Pedagogy: Turin, a “Risorgimento” City

Num°11 SPACE
Odoardo Tabacchi, Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1887. Fotografia di Mario Gabinio, 17 luglio 1926. © Fondazione Torino Musei - Archivio fotografico

In the second half of nineteenth century Italy, “urban space pedagogy” becomes popular. It is the tendency to promote national consciousness and identity among the adult populace, which is for the most part illiterate, via a channel that is alternative to school education and focuses on collective imagination and the emotional sphere through the transformation of the town into an open air museum. Leggi tutto »

 
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Numero 11 SPACE July, 2014 - Autore:

 

Education as “Accessible Beyond”: A Proposal for Reforming the Educational System

Num°10 EDUCATION
PatellaniFederico

The educational system—first of all, schools and universities—is an institution; yet an institution is a dwelling for human beings. What is this dwelling like? What kind of (public) space is it? It would not be a dwelling if it were not fully accessible, or even better, if it were not a place which we do not even need to access because we are always already in it. Leggi tutto »

 

Anthropological Emergency, Educational Emergency

Num°10 EDUCATION
emergenza-antropologica-libro

The open letter published in 2011 on Avvenire by Pietro Barcellona, Paolo Sorbi, Mario Tronti e Giuseppe Vacca invites to a “new alliance” between believers and non-believers in order to face what the four authors name an “anthropological emergency,” that is, a situation characterized by the technical possibility of wide manipulations of human life and the commodification of human life itself within an uncontrolled globalization. Leggi tutto »

 
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Ideas, Forms, and Substance of a Party

Num°09 POLITICAL PARTIES
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This essay focuses on three issues: the need to look forward, with no nostalgias for a past that is not wonderful, as some would instead like to think; the need to aim at an ideal reconstruction based on some firm points, such as sustainable development, Europe, federalism and autonomies, individual and social rights and duties; Leggi tutto »

 
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Numero 09 POLITICAL PARTIES November, 2013 - Autore:

 

Realpolitik

Num°08 REALITY
Bismarck

By introducing the neologism “Realpolitik,” the liberal freelance journalist August Ludwig von Rochau (1810-1873) pointed to a concept opposite to that of Idealpolitik, which he identified with a “sentimental” attitude. According to Rochau’s definition, the primary task of politics would not consist “in the realization of the ideal, but in the achievement of concrete aims.” According to its detractors, “Realpolitik,” as the “politics of facts,” mostly tends to assume a legitimizing function of what exists: in this sense, it would always be the result of a “moral and intellectual capitulation.” Yet, as demonstrated by the case of Rochau, not everyone who upholds political realism is indeed a realist.

 

Economics and its Inventions: A Dialogue with Gilbert Rist

Num°07 ECONOMY
GilberRist

In the last decades, the market has occupied an increasingly greater space within our society—many goods that once were free now require a charge. Yet, in the current situation, one must rethink both the fundamental economic categories (beginning with exchange and property) and

 
 
 
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