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Open City Guimarães

Is another Europe possible?

In this article, we present the idea of an open-source city as an alternative for Europe.

If we accept the argument that the nation-state is no longer able to provide for democratic governance and if we agree that the European suprastate is still in the making (and that it maybe is not even desirable), what is the alternative? Bernado Gutiérrez presents a concept of an open source city as a transnational collectivity in the making.

He outlines experiences from cities in Spain, Brazil and Istanbul to explain how transnational municipalism with free online tools and active citizen participation has a potential of rethinking democracy on the level of citizens. He presents a model of inclusive, deliberative democracy that is able to respond to challenges of neoliberal governance.

For us, the concept of transnational municipalism can serve as an interesting example of how to develop democracy beyond the nation-state, while not at the same time constructing new boundaries on the level of Europe. While reading the article, can you also think of some reform proposals?

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